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locum tenens

[loh-kuh m tee-nenz, ten-inz] /ˈloʊ kəm ˈti nɛnz, ˈtɛn ɪnz/
noun, plural locum tenentes
[loh-kuh m tuh-nen-teez] /ˈloʊ kəm təˈnɛn tiz/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly British
a temporary substitute, especially for a doctor or member of the clergy.
Also called locum.
Origin of locum tenens
1635-45; < Medieval Latin locum tenēns holding the place
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[loh-kuh m-tee-nuh n-see, -ten-uh n-] /ˌloʊ kəmˈti nən si, -ˈtɛn ən-/ (Show IPA),
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locum tenens

/ˈləʊkəm ˈtiːnɛnz/
noun (pl) locum tenentes (təˈnɛntiːz)
(mainly Brit) a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergyman Often shortened to locum
Word Origin
C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)
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locum tenens


Medieval Latin, "one who holds the place (of another);" from locum (nominative locus; see locus) + tenens, present participle of tenere (see tenant).

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