What does physician mean?

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fɪˈzɪʃ ənphysi·cian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctor, doc, physician, MD, Dr., mediconoun

    a licensed medical practitioner

    "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"


  1. physiciannoun

    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.

  2. physiciannoun

    A medical doctor trained in human medicine.

  3. Etymology: From fisicien, from fisicïen, from fisique, from physica, from φυσική επιστήμη (knowledge of nature) from φυσικός (pertaining to nature) from φύσις (nature) from φύειν (to bring forth, to produce) from bʰew-. Displaced native Middle English leche, archaic Modern English leech "physician" (from Old English læce).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Physiciannoun

    One who professes the art of healing.

    Etymology: physicien, Fr. from physick.

    Trust not the physician,
    His antidotes are poison, and he slays
    More than you rob. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Some physicians are so conformable to the humour of the patient, as they press not the true cure of the disease, and others are so regular, as they respect not sufficiently the condition of the patient. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    His gratulatory verse to king Henry, is not more witty than the epigram upon the name of Nicolaus an ignorant physician, who had been the death of thousands. Henry Peacham, of Poetry.

    Taught by thy art divine, the sage physician
    Eludes the urn; and chains, or exiles death. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Physiciannoun

    a person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to prescribe remedies for, and treat, diseases; a doctor of medicine

  2. Physiciannoun

    hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases; as, a physician of the soul

  3. Etymology: [OE. fisician, fisicien, OF. physucien, a physician, in F., a natural philosopher, an experimentalist in physics. See Physic.]


  1. Physician

    A physician is a professional who practices medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. They may focus their practice on certain disease categories, types of patients, or methods of treatment – known as specialist medical practitioners – or assume responsibility for the provision of continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families, and communities – known as general practitioners. Medical practice properly requires both a detailed knowledge of the academic disciplines underlying diseases and their treatment – the science of medicine – and also a decent competence in its applied practice – the art or craft of medicine. Both the role of the physician and the meaning of the word itself vary around the world, including a wide variety of qualifications and degrees, but there are some common elements. For example, the ethics of medicine require that physicians show consideration, compassion and benevolence for their patients.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of physician in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of physician in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of physician in a Sentence

  1. Kathy Campbell:

    Like many things associated with liver transplant, it is a bit of a balancing act, as her physician I want to do everything absolutely to keep her healthy and to try to make her growth normal and her labs as good as can possibly get them. But at the same time, the worse her labs are [and] the more stunted she is as far as her growth is, the higher her score.

  2. Richard Blumenthal:

    I'm not a physician, but I believe he is healthy, based on what I've seen and heard — no, I'm not here to be an expert — but the information that I've received is he's perfectly healthy and capable of serving the United States Senate.

  3. Joseph Marusak:

    I hired two physician assistants and a person trained in Breathalyzers to watch her and take blood alcohol levels over a 12-hour period and had it run at the same lab used by the prosecution, without any drinks, her blood level was double the legal limit at 9:15 a.m., triple the limit at 6 p.m. and more than four times the legal limit at 8:30 p.m., which correlates with the same time of day that the police pulled her over.

  4. George Herbert:

    Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.

  5. Boston Scientific CEO Mike Mahoney:

    The demand is certainly high and the physician interest is high.

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