from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person trained and licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.
  • noun A person who heals or exerts a healing influence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who practises the art of healing disease and of preserving health; a prescriber of remedies for sickness and disease; specifically, a person licensed by some competent authority, such as a medical college, to treat diseases and pre scribe remedies for them; a doctor; a medical man.
  • noun A student of physics; a naturalist; a physicist; specifically, in medieval universities, a student of the Aristotelian physics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to prescribe remedies for, and treat, diseases; a doctor of medicine.
  • noun Hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A practitioner of physic, i.e. a specialist in internal medicine, especially as opposed to a surgeon; a practitioner who treats with medication rather than with surgery.
  • noun A medical doctor trained in human medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a licensed medical practitioner


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fisicien, from Old French, from fisique, medical science; see physic.]

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From Middle English fisicien, from Old French fisicïen ("physician"), from fisique ("art of healing"), from Latin physica ("natural science"), from Ancient Greek φυσική επιστήμη (knowledge of nature) from φυσικός (pertaining to nature) from φύσις (nature) from φύειν (to bring forth, to produce) from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (“to exist, grow”). Displaced native Middle English læche, leche, archaic Modern English leech "physician" (from Old English lǣċe ("physician, medical doctor")).


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  • Science Friday article on the origin of the word Physician

    "In the 13th century, Anglo-Normans appropriated the French physique, or remedy, to coin the English physic, or medicine, which is still in dictionaries today. Science historian Howard Markel discusses how physic became physician, and the parallel evolution of the word physics."

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