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physician

[fi-zish-uhn]
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; physic + -ian (see -ician); replacing Middle English fisicien < Old French

physicianly, adjective

doctor, physician.
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physician (fɪˈzɪʃən)
 
n
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
 
[C13: from Old French fisicien, from fisiquephysic]

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physician
early 13c., fisicien, from O.Fr. fisicien "physician" (12c., Mod.Fr. physicien means "physicist"), from fisique "art of healing," from L. physica "natural science" (see physic).
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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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Physician definition


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."

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