Definition of physician noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fɪˈzɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈzɪʃn//
(especially North American English) Medical staff
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a doctor, especially one who is a specialist in general medicine and not surgery compare surgeon This word is now old-fashioned in British English. Doctor or GP is used instead. See related entries: Medical staff Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fisicien, based on Latin physica ‘things relating to nature’, from Greek phusikē (epistēmē) ‘(knowledge) of nature’.Extra examples Dr Dennett is a practicing family physician in Atlanta. He became the President’s personal physician. He was physician to George Washington. physician to the Duke of Albemarle Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
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