Definition of locum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈləʊkəm


  • A person who stands in temporarily for someone else of the same profession, especially a cleric or doctor.
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    • For example, monitoring of particular subgroups of general practitioners, such as locums, assistants, and those caring for people in hospices, may be difficult if not impossible.
    • After house officer posts he entered general practice as a locum and then took up a definitive post in the Markets area of Belfast.
    • Having been pensioned off in 1982 at the age of 65, he returned to general practice as a locum.


early 20th century: short for locum tenens.

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