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[rez-i-duh n-see] /ˈrɛz ɪ dən si/
noun, plural residencies.
residence (def 3).
the position or tenure of a medical resident.
(formerly) the official residence of a representative of the British governor general at a native Indian court.
(formerly) an administrative division of the Dutch East Indies.
Origin of residency
1570-80; resid(ent) + -ency Unabridged
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Examples from the web for residency
  • After college and four years of veterinary school, typically you do a one-year internship and then a three-year residency.
  • Water vapor has a residency time of less than two weeks in the atmosphere.
  • Water vapor reacts almost instantly to temperature changes and has an atmospheric residency of less than two weeks.
  • Two years ago, he was granted full residency status.
  • When she interviewed with residency programs, a letter or card thanking the program for an interview was mandatory.
  • Students must complete a five-day residency on the island before receiving their diplomas.
  • If he's going into a pediatrics residency, get him a small brightly-colored fuzzy animal that can be clipped to his stethoscope.
  • Emmet is forced to quit his newly acquired residency to join in what will in all likelihood be a dead-end search for his father.
  • After a few years, if your employer sponsors you, this can be converted into permanent residency.
  • The same can be said of medical residency programs or law school.
British Dictionary definitions for residency


noun (pl) -cies
a variant of residence
a regular series of concerts by a band or singer at one venue
(US & Canadian) the period, following internship, during which a physician undergoes further clinical training, usually in one medical speciality
(in India, formerly) the official house of the governor general at the court of a native prince
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Word Origin and History for residency

1570s, "residence;" see resident + -cy. Hospital sense is from 1924.

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residency in Medicine

residency res·i·den·cy (rěz'ĭ-dən-sē, -děn'-)
The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.

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