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From Old French fisicien (physician) < fisique (art of healing) < Latin physica (natural science) < Greek φυσική επιστήμη (knowledge of nature) < φυσικός (pertaining to nature) < φύσις (nature) < φύειν (to bring forth, to produce) < Proto-Indo-European base *bheu- (to exist, to grow).
- A practitioner of physic, i.e. a specialist in internal medicine, especially as opposed to a surgeon; a practitioner who treats with medication rather than with surgery.
- A medical doctor trained in human medicine.
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