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[ber-nar for 1; bur-nerd, bur-nahrd for 2] /bɛrˈnar for 1; ˈbɜr nərd, bɜrˈnɑrd for 2/
[klohd] /kloʊd/ (Show IPA),
1813–78, French physiologist.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “bear” and “hardy.”. Unabridged
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  • Bernard returned to the subject another time—he had plenty of opportunities.

    Confidence Henry James
  • Father Bernard would come back that afternoon—he had promised.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Bernard, the yard-dog, is a lumbering old fellow, with no tricks.

    Melchior's Dream and Other Tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • She no sooner saw him than she stopped and cried out, 'Bernard!

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Private Bernard Snyder returned with prisoners before dark on the first day.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
British Dictionary definitions for Bernard


(French) (bɛrnar). Claude (klod). 1813–78, French physiologist, noted for his research on the action of secretions of the alimentary canal and the glycogenic function of the liver
(ˈbɜːnəd). Saint, known as Bernard of Menthon and the Apostle of the Alps. 923–1008, French monk who founded hospices in the Alpine passes. Feast day: Aug 20
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Word Origin and History for Bernard

masc. proper name, from German Bernhard, literally "bold as a bear," from Old High German bero "bear" (see bear (n.)) + harti "hard, bold, strong" (see hard).

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Bernard in Medicine

Bernard Ber·nard (běr-när'), Claude. 1813-1878.

French physiologist noted for his study of the digestive and nervous systems.

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Bernard in Science
French physiologist noted for his study of the chemical reactions involved in the digestive system and of the connection between the liver and the nervous system. His work laid the foundation for experimental medicine.
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