Entry from US English dictionary
Someone qualified to assist a physician and carry out routine clinical procedures under the supervision of a physician.
- But I would really like to see you be a physician's assistant.
- He is the medical director of and sole physician in the hospital's Benton, Ill., rural health clinic, which also employs a full-time physician's assistant.
- Just as physician's assistants and nurse-practitioners in the past few years, by addressing matters of routine care and treatment, have enabled physicians to see more patients, some new devices are meant to achieve the same end.
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Syllabification: phys·i·cian's as·sis·tant
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