|1.||a. a senior physician, esp a specialist, who is asked to confirm a diagnosis or treatment or to provide an opinion|
|b. a physician or surgeon holding the highest appointment in a particular branch of medicine or surgery in a hospital|
|2.||a specialist who gives expert advice or information|
|3.||a person who asks advice in a consultation|
consultant con·sult·ant (kən-sŭl'tənt)
A physician or surgeon who does not take actual charge of a patient, but acts in an advisory capacity to the patient's primary physician.
Such a member of a hospital staff who may advise the attending physician or surgeon.