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locum tenens Syllabification: lo·cum te·nens
Pronunciation: /ˈlōkəm ˈtenənz/ /ˈtēˌnenz/

Definition of locum tenens in English:

noun (plural locum tenentestəˈnentēz)

Full form of locum.
Example sentences
  • On return home, she worked four months as a locum tenens, filling in for a solo practitioner on maternity leave.
  • I'm a locum tenens; I don't get health insurance because I'm an independent contractor.
  • Freud trained as a neurologist and had little psychiatric experience, having worked only briefly as a locum tenens in a mental hospital.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin, literally 'one holding a place' (see locus, tenant).


locum tenency

Pronunciation: /ˈtenənsē/ /ˈtēnən-/
Example sentences
  • One year later Ellen accepted a locum tenency at Mitchell at a time when the State was gripped by drought and the pneumonic influenza epidemic.

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