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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.
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

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).

physician phy·si·cian (fĭ-zĭsh’ən)
Abbr. phys.

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.”


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