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locum tenens

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Etymology

Existing in English since the seventeenth century: from Mediaeval Latin locum tenens, “one holding a place”.[1]

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˌləʊkəm ˈtɛnɛns/

Noun

Singular
locum tenens

Plural
locum tenentes

locum tenens (locum tenentes)[1]
  1. A professional person (such as a doctor or clergyman) who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

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