NounPhysician (plural Physicians)
- A practitioner of physic, i.e. a specialist in internal medicine, especially as opposed to a surgeon; a practitioner who treats with medication rather than with surgery.
- A medical doctor trained in human medicine.
- In the UK and British commonwealth countries, a physician holds a postgraduate degree such Master of General Medicine or fellowship certificate such MRCP or FRCP from the Royal College of Physician in UK. In the United States, the term is frequently regulated by State laws, and in all States includes those with the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) and in many, but not all States those with the D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree.
- See also Thesaurus:physician
Adjectives for Physician
reluctant; renowned; departing; conscientious; competent; helpful; sagacious; incredulous; understanding; distinguished; eminent; respectable; tolerable; observant; over-zealous; consecrated; conservative.
Verbs for Physician
assist—; communicate with—; confer with —; confound—; consult—; inform—; —administers; —counsels; —decrees; —devotes to; —diagnoses; —examines; —guards; — prescribes; —pronounces; —recommends; —rules; —serves; —warns.
Doctor of Medicine, GP, MD, Md, allopath, allopathist, attending physician, bones, coroner, country doctor, croaker, doc, doctor, family doctor, general practitioner, house physician, intern, leech, man, medic, medical, medical attendant, medical examiner, medical man, medical practitioner, medico, physician in ordinary, practitioner, resident, resident physician, sawbones, specialist, surgeon
From Middle English fisicien from Old French fisicïen (“physician”) from fisique (“art of healing”) from Latin physica (“natural science”) from Ancient Greek φυσική επιστήμη (knowledge of nature) from φυσικός (pertaining to nature) from φύσις (nature) from φύειν (to bring forth, to produce) from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (“to exist, grow”). Displaced native Middle English læche, leche "physician" (from Old English lǣċe "physician, medical doctor").