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[fi-zish-uh n] /fɪˈzɪʃ ən/
a person who is legally qualified to practice medicine; doctor of medicine.
a person engaged in general medical practice, as distinguished from one specializing in surgery.
a person who is skilled in the art of healing.
1175-1225; physic + -ian (see -ician); replacing Middle English fisicien < Old French
Related forms
physicianly, adjective
Can be confused
doctor, physician. Unabridged
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  • Tell them that for this activity, they will be role-playing physicians.
  • The company also uses the services of a group of aircraft-supported physicians if medical treatment is necessary.
  • My brother, my sister, and my dad are all physicians.
  • For cancer patients and their physicians, the cancer world seems to expand to the whole of experience.
  • Pharmaceutical companies developed the drugs, but they contracted with academic physicians to carry out the clinical testing.
  • Rather, the physicians did not consider the correct diagnosis in the first place.
  • Lists the disagreements among physicians over bipolar diagnoses.
  • We do not question the good intent nor the high purposes of these physicians.
  • physicians attend to the business of physicians, and workmen handle the tools of workmen.
  • He had consulted the highest medical authorities, physicians, and chemists.
British Dictionary definitions for physicians


a person legally qualified to practise medicine, esp one specializing in areas of treatment other than surgery; doctor of medicine
(archaic) any person who treats diseases; healer
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fisicien, from fisiquephysic
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Word Origin and History for physicians



early 13c., fisicien "a healer, a medical practitioner," from Old French fisiciien "physician, doctor, sage" (12c., Modern French physicien means "physicist"), from fisique "art of healing," from Latin physica "natural science" (see physic). Distinguished from surgeon from c.1400. The ph- spelling attested from late 14c. (see ph).

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physicians in Medicine

physician phy·si·cian (fĭ-zĭsh'ən)
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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physicians in the Bible

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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