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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 ἐπιστήμη ‎(phusikḗ epistḗmē, knowledge of nature), from φυσικός ‎(phusikós, pertaining to nature). Displaced native Middle English læche, leche, archaic Modern English leech "physician" (from Old English lǣċe ‎(physician, medical doctor)).



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  1. 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.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter II”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. A medical doctor trained in human medicine.

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