Definition of consultant in English:


Line breaks: con¦sult|ant
Pronunciation: /kənˈsʌlt(ə)nt


  • 2 [often as modifier] British A hospital doctor of senior rank within a specific field: a consultant paediatrician
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    • Reporting levels among hospital consultants and doctors in nursing homes have increased far less.
    • I recently accompanied a relative to hospital to see a consultant oncologist.
    • Their experiences are commented on by a general practitioner and a consultant haematologist.
    senior doctor, specialist


late 17th century (in the sense 'a person who consults'): probably from French, from Latin consultare (see consult).

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