physician Definition

a medical practitioner qualified to practice medicine, especially one who specializes in diagnosis and medical treatment as opposed to surgery.

Using physician: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "physician" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She went to see a physician for her chronic back pain.

  • Example

    The physician prescribed medication to treat the patient's illness.

  • Example

    He is a highly respected physician in the field of cardiology.

physician Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for physician

  • doctor
  • MD
  • general practitioner
  • GP
  • medical practitioner

Phrases with physician

  • a doctor who provides primary care for individuals and families, regardless of age or sex


    I have been seeing my family physician for regular check-ups since I was a child.

  • a doctor who is responsible for the care of a patient in a hospital or clinic


    The attending physician ordered additional tests to determine the cause of the patient's symptoms.

  • a doctor who specializes in the immediate medical care of patients who are critically ill or injured


    The emergency physician quickly assessed the patient's condition and provided life-saving treatment.

Origins of physician

from Latin 'physicus' meaning 'natural science' and Greek 'iatros' meaning 'healer'


Summary: physician in Brief

'Physician' [fɪˈzɪʃ(ə)n] refers to a medical practitioner who specializes in diagnosis and medical treatment. It is often used interchangeably with 'doctor' and 'MD.' 'Physician' can be modified by phrases like 'family physician,' 'attending physician,' and 'emergency physician,' which denote different specialties. The term is formal and is often used in medical contexts.

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