Definition of physician in English:



  • 1A person qualified to practice medicine.

    • ‘A small proportion of the samples were referral samples sent by physicians in private practice.’
    • ‘Disclosure of a diagnosis of cancer has on occasions caused conflict between physicians and family members.’
    • ‘Does the information have the potential to change the practice of many physicians?’
    • ‘One is provided by dentists and physicians in private practice on a fee basis to those able to pay.’
    • ‘This will include treatment from specialist physicians, physiotherapists and psychologists.’
    • ‘In most cases physicians prescribed requested medicines but were often ambivalent about the choice of treatment.’
    • ‘Medicine and physicians have had about all of the micromanagement that they can stand.’
    • ‘Evidence shows that the way results of clinical trials are presented influences both physicians and funders of health care.’
    • ‘In most countries, treatment is provided by some clinics or physicians.’
    • ‘We no longer trust the caring general practitioner, the wise physician, or the conscientious surgeon.’
    • ‘The Public Hospitals Act states that a physician must order hospital treatments.’
    • ‘These changes have paralleled dramatic changes in the assessment of practising physicians.’
    • ‘Since health is the goal of the medical craft, the physician knows the goal of the craft.’
    • ‘We practicing physicians have to know what to do if a case walks into the office.’
    • ‘Group medical visits are best with teams of physicians and nurses.’
    • ‘Women placed great faith in their physicians and the medical care system.’
    • ‘We measured referral rates as the annual percentage of patients with a new referral to a specialist physician.’
    • ‘I think most physicians in practice feel that we can only be penalised by failing to test.’
    • ‘If your child becomes ill, be sure that the physician knows what medicines he or she is taking.’
    • ‘We meet many wise patients in this book, because physicians learn medicine on and from their patients.’
    doctor, doctor of medicine, md, medical practitioner, medical man, medical person, medical woman
    doc, medic, medico, quack
    leech, sawbones
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    1. 1.1 A person who cures moral or spiritual ills; a healer.
      ‘physicians of the soul’
      • ‘Known as the physician of the soul, he used astrology primarily as a means of helping to heal the soul rather than as a tool of prediction.’
      • ‘The particular aim of this present symposium was to help illuminate the image of the diocesan priest as "spiritual physician."’


Middle English: from Old French fisicien, based on Latin physica things relating to nature (see physic).