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physician

[fi-zish-uh n] /fɪˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
a person who is legally qualified to practice medicine; doctor of medicine.
2.
a person engaged in general medical practice, as distinguished from one specializing in surgery.
3.
a person who is skilled in the art of healing.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; physic + -ian (see -ician); replacing Middle English fisicien < Old French
Related forms
physicianly, adjective
Can be confused
doctor, physician.
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British Dictionary definitions for physicians'

physician

/fɪˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
a person legally qualified to practise medicine, esp one specializing in areas of treatment other than surgery; doctor of medicine
2.
(archaic) any person who treats diseases; healer
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fisicien, from fisiquephysic
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Word Origin and History for physicians'

physician

n.

early 13c., fisicien "a healer, a medical practitioner," from Old French fisiciien "physician, doctor, sage" (12c., Modern French physicien means "physicist"), from fisique "art of healing," from Latin physica "natural science" (see physic). Distinguished from surgeon from c.1400. The ph- spelling attested from late 14c. (see ph).

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physicians' in Medicine

physician phy·si·cian (fĭ-zĭsh'ən)
n.
Abbr. phys.


  1. Abbr. phys. A person licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.

  2. A person who practices general medicine as distinct from surgery.

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physicians' in the Bible

Asa, afflicted with some bodily malady, "sought not to the Lord but to the physicians" (2 Chr. 16:12). The "physicians" were those who "practised heathen arts of magic, disavowing recognized methods of cure, and dissociating the healing art from dependence on the God of Israel. The sin of Asa was not, therefore, in seeking medical advice, as we understand the phrase, but in forgetting Jehovah."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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