1. [syn: doctor, doc, physician, MD, Dr., medico]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Physician \Phy*si"cian\ (f[i^]*z[i^]sh"an), n. [OE. fisician,
fisicien, OF. physucien, a physician, in F., a natural
philosopher, an experimentalist in physics. See Physic.]
1. A person skilled in medicine, or the art of healing;
especially, one trained and licensed to treat illness and
prescribe medicines; a doctor of medicine.
[1913 Webster + PJC]
2. Hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases;
as, a physician of the soul.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to
see my doctor" [syn: doctor, doc, physician, MD,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "physician":
Doctor of Medicine, GP, MD, Md, allopath, allopathist,
attending physician, bones, coroner, country doctor, croaker, doc,
doctor, family doctor, general practitioner, house physician,
intern, leech, man, medic, medical, medical attendant,
medical examiner, medical man, medical practitioner, medico,
physician in ordinary, practitioner, resident, resident physician,
sawbones, specialist, surgeon
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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."
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PHYSICIAN. One lawfully engaged in the practice of medicine.
2. A physician in England cannot recover for fees, as his practice is
altogether honorary. Peake C. N. P. 96, 123; 4 T. R. 317.
3. But in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the United States, he may
recover for his services. 5 Serg. & Rawle, 416. The law implies, therefore,
a contract on the part of a medical man, as well as those of other
professions, to discharge their duty in a skillful and attentive manner; and
the law will redress the party injured by their neglect or ignorance. 1
Saund. 312, R; 1 Ld. Raym. 213; 2 Wils. 359; 8 East, 348.
4. They are sometimes answerable criminally for mala praxis. (q.v.) 2
Russ. on Cr. 288; Ayl. Pand. 213; Com. Dig. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PHYSICIAN, n. One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs