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[vet-er-uh-nair-ee-uh n, ve-truh-] /ˌvɛt ər əˈnɛər i ən, ˌvɛ trə-/
a person who practices veterinary medicine or surgery.
Origin of veterinarian
1640-50; < Latin veterīnāri(us) veterinary + -an Unabridged
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  • Steroids weren't helping, so her veterinarian suggested that they do a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his lower spine.
  • She aspires to be a veterinarian and has made good grades in her science-heavy coursework as a biochemistry major.
  • Consult your local professional or veterinarian for further advice.
  • There is a problem with the way the veterinarian community behaves.
  • We deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend and veterinarian.
  • The income from the sale of their raw, unpasteurized milk pays for their grain and the bills from the veterinarian.
  • The veterinarian responds to wild animals in trouble, often because of contact with humans.
  • Which leads to the next problem, he now has a fear of the veterinarian.
  • Workers there used her tags to phone her veterinarian.
  • They are fed good food prescribed by their veterinarian.
British Dictionary definitions for veterinarian


/ˌvɛtərɪˈnɛərɪən; ˌvɛtrɪ-/
a person suitably qualified and registered to practise veterinary medicine Also called (esp in Britain) veterinary surgeon
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Word Origin and History for veterinarian

animal doctor, 1640s, from Latin veterinarius "of or having to do with beasts of burden," also "cattle doctor," from veterinum "beast of burden," perhaps from vetus (genitive veteris) "old" (see veteran), possibly from the notion of "experienced," or of "one year old" (hence strong enough to draw burdens). Another theory connects it to Latin vehere "to draw," on notion of "used as a draft animal." Replaced native dog-leech (1520s).

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veterinarian in Medicine

veterinarian vet·er·i·nar·i·an (vět'ər-ə-nâr'ē-ən, vět'rə-)
A person who practices veterinary medicine.

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