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allied health

noun
1.
a segment of healthcare professions comprised of specialized occupations that require certification, including physical therapists, dental hygienists, social workers, speech therapists, nutritionists, etc., but not including doctors, nurses, and dentists.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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Contemporary definitions for allied health
adjective

pertaining to professional health-care providers who are not physicians, esp. medical assistants, technicians, and therapists but not nurses

Examples

Some people classify nurses as allied health professionals, but others do not.

Usage Note

medicine

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