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Doctor vs. Physician

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Doctornoun

A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick or injured. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are D.O., DPM, M.D., DMD, DDS, in the US or MBBS in the UK.

‘If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor.’;

Physiciannoun

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.

Doctornoun

A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.

Physiciannoun

A medical doctor trained in human medicine.

Doctornoun

A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats non-human animals.

Physiciannoun

A person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to prescribe remedies for, and treat, diseases; a doctor of medicine.

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Doctornoun

A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.

Physiciannoun

Hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases; as, a physician of the soul.

Doctornoun

(obsolete) A teacher; one skilled in a profession or a branch of knowledge; a learned man.

Physiciannoun

a licensed medical practitioner;

‘I felt so bad I went to see my doctor’;

Doctornoun

(dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency.

‘the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter’; ‘the doctor, or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"’;

Physician

A physician (American English), medical practitioner (Commonwealth English), medical doctor, or simply doctor, is a professional who practices medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring health through the study, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Physicians may focus their practice on certain disease categories, types of patients, and methods of treatment—known as specialities—or they may assume responsibility for the provision of continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families, and communities—known as general practice.

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Doctornoun

A fish, the friar skate.

Doctorverb

(transitive) To act as a medical doctor to.

‘Her children doctored her back to health.’;

Doctorverb

To act as a medical doctor.

Doctorverb

(transitive) To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.

Doctorverb

(transitive) To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.

‘They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.’; ‘We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.’;

Doctorverb

(transitive) To genetically alter an extant species.

‘Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.’;

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Doctorverb

(transitive) To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.

‘To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.’;

Doctorverb

To take medicine.

Doctornoun

A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man.

‘One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel.’;

Doctornoun

An academical title, originally meaning a man so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only.

Doctornoun

One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician.

‘By medicine life may be prolonged, yet deathWill seize the doctor too.’;

Doctornoun

Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine.

Doctornoun

The friar skate.

Doctorverb

To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.

Doctorverb

To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.

Doctorverb

To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky.

Doctorverb

To practice physic.

Doctornoun

a licensed medical practitioner;

‘I felt so bad I went to see my doctor’;

Doctornoun

(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the othodoxy of their theological teaching;

‘the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages’;

Doctornoun

children take the roles of doctor or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the doctor's office;

‘the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor’;

Doctornoun

a person who holds Ph.D. degree from an academic institution;

‘she is a doctor of philosophy in physics’;

Doctorverb

alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive;

‘Sophisticate rose water with geraniol’;

Doctorverb

give medical treatment to

Doctorverb

restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken;

‘She repaired her TV set’; ‘Repair my shoes please’;

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