display | more...

Phy*si"cian (?), n. [OE. fisician, fisicien, OF. physucien, a physician, in F., a natural philosopher, an experimentalist in physics. See Physic.]

1.

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

<-- one trained and licensed to treat illness and prescribe medicines. -->

2.

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

 

© Webster 1913.