Definitions

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  • n. a quack doctor; someone who pretends to have medical knowledge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pretender to medical knowledge or skill; an ignorant doctor.

Etymologies

French médicastre or Italian medicastro, from Latin medicus + -aster. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One who brags of medicines or salves; a medicaster; a charlatan.

    Samuel Johnson on Quackery

  • Mazarin, like a very unskilful physician, did not observe that the vital organs were decayed, nor had he the skill to support them by the chemical preparations of his predecessor; his only remedy was to let blood, which he drew so plentifully that the patient fell into a lethargy, and our medicaster was yet so stupid as to mistake this lethargy for a real state of health.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • The native medicaster, having placed the green leaves on the patient's temples, would be brewing a concoction of emollient simples.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

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  • A medicaster courts health disaster
    By claiming skills he does not master.
    Should a wordy practitioner
    Who misleads his listener
    Be known far and wide as a lexicaster?

    January 20, 2014