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PHYSICIAN

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PHYSICIAN (noun)
  The noun PHYSICIAN has 1 sense:

1. a licensed medical practitioner

  Familiarity information: PHYSICIAN used as a noun is very rare.


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PHYSICIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A licensed medical practitioner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

doc; doctor; physician; Dr.; MD; medico

Context example:

I felt so bad I went to see my doctor

Hypernyms ("physician" is a kind of...):

medical man; medical practitioner (someone who practices medicine)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "physician"):

abortionist (a person (who should be a doctor) who terminates pregnancies)

vet; veterinarian; veterinary; veterinary surgeon (a doctor who practices veterinary medicine)

operating surgeon; sawbones; surgeon (a physician who specializes in surgery)

medical specialist; specialist (practices one branch of medicine)

quack (an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice)

primary care physician (the physician who provides primary care)

houseman; intern; interne; medical intern (an advanced student or graduate in medicine gaining supervised practical experience ('houseman' is a British term))

house physician; resident; resident physician (a physician (especially an intern) who lives in a hospital and cares for hospitalized patients under the supervision of the medical staff of the hospital)

hakeem; hakim (a Muslim physician)

general practitioner; GP (a physician who is not a specialist but treats all illnesses)

gastroenterologist (a physician who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract)

extern; medical extern (a nonresident doctor or medical student; connected with a hospital but not living there)

angiologist (a physician who specializes in angiology)

allergist (a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies)

Instance hyponyms:

Paracelsus; Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus; Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (Swiss physician who introduced treatments of particular illnesses based on his observation and experience; he saw illness as having an external cause (rather than an imbalance of humors) and replaced traditional remedies with chemical remedies (1493-1541))

Franz Anton Mesmer; Friedrich Anton Mesmer; Mesmer (Austrian physician who tried to treat diseases with a form of hypnotism (1734-1815))

Manson; Sir Patrick Manson (Scottish physician who discovered that elephantiasis is spread by mosquitos and suggested that mosquitos also spread malaria (1844-1922))

Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier; Lozier (United States physician who in 1863 founded a medical school for women (1813-1888))

Harry F. Klinefelter; Harry Fitch Kleinfelter; Klinefelter (United States physician who first described the XXY-syndrome (born in 1912))

Peter Mark Roget; Roget (English physician who in retirement compiled a well-known thesaurus (1779-1869))

Ross; Sir Ronald Ross (British physician who discovered that mosquitos transmit malaria (1857-1932))

Benjamin Rush; Rush (physician and American Revolutionary leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813))

Albert Schweitzer; Schweitzer (French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965))

Anna Howard Shaw; Shaw (United States physician and suffragist (1847-1919))

Simpson; Sir James Young Simpson (Scottish obstetrician and surgeon who pioneered in the use of ether and discovered the anesthetic effects of chloroform (1811-1870))

English Hippocrates; Sydenham; Thomas Sydenham (English physician (1624-1689))

E. A. von Willebrand; Erik Adolf von Willebrand; Erik von Willebrand; von Willebrand; Willebrand (Finnish physician who first described vascular hemophilia (1870-1949))

Edward Jenner; Jenner (English physician who pioneered vaccination; Jenner inoculated people with small amounts of cowpox to prevent them from getting smallpox (1749-1823))

Aletta Jacobs; Jacobs (Dutch physician who opened the first birth control clinic in the world in Amsterdam (1854-1929))

Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd; Averroes; ibn-Roshd (Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198))

Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina; Avicenna; ibn-Sina (Arabian physician and influential Islamic philosopher; his interpretation of Aristotle influenced St. Thomas Aquinas; writings on medicine were important for almost 500 years (980-1037))

Barany; Robert Barany (Austrian physician who developed a rotational method for testing the middle ear (1876-1936))

Bartholin; Caspar Bartholin (Danish physician who discovered Bartholin's gland (1585-1629))

Bruce; David Bruce; Sir David Bruce (Australian physician and bacteriologist who described the bacterium that causes undulant fever or brucellosis (1855-1931))

Burrill Bernard Crohn; Crohn (United States physician who specialized in diseases of the intestines; he was the first to describe regional ileitis which is now known as Crohn's disease (1884-1983))

Down; John L. H. Down (English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896))

Christiaan Eijkman; Eijkman (Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi is caused by a nutritional deficiency (1858-1930))

Etienne-Louis Arthur Fallot; Fallot (French physician who described cardiac anomalies including Fallot's tetralogy (1850-1911))

Gilbert; William Gilbert (English court physician noted for his studies of terrestrial magnetism (1540-1603))

Harvey; William Harvey (English physician and scientist who described the circulation of the blood; he later proposed that all animals originate from an ovum produced by the female of the species (1578-1657))

Hodgkin; Thomas Hodgkin (English physician who first described Hodgkin's disease (1798-1866))

George Huntington; Huntington (United States physician who first described Huntington's chorea)

Holonyms ("physician" is a member of...):

doctor-patient relation (the responsibility of a physician to act in the best interests of the patient)


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