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Doctors and other medical and health specialists

anaesthetist

noun

a doctor who is trained to give people anaesthetics. The American word is anesthesiologist.

analyst

noun

a doctor who helps people with mental or emotional problems by listening to them talk about their experiences and feelings

anesthetist

an American spelling of anaesthetist

cardiologist

noun

a doctor who studies the heart and deals with the diseases that affect it

chiropodist

noun

someone whose job is to treat problems with people’s feet

chiropractor

noun

someone whose job is to treat illnesses by pressing on bones in the body, especially the spine (=bones in the middle of your back)

clinician

noun

a doctor who works directly with people who are ill

consultant

noun

a senior doctor in a hospital who is an expert in a particular medical subject.

coroner

noun

someone whose job is to decide officially how a person died, especially if they died in a sudden or violent way

dermatologist

noun

a doctor who treats people who have skin diseases

doc

noun

a doctor

doctor

noun

someone whose job is to treat people who are ill or injured. When written as a title, the abbreviation of doctor is Dr. A doctor who performs medical operations is called a surgeon. A doctor who treats people in an area or town is called a GP. The most senior type of doctor in a hospital is called a consultant. Someone being treated by a doctor or nurse is called a patient

Dr

abbreviation

doctor

EMT

noun

emergency medical technician: someone who has a qualification to give medical help to ill or injured people before they reach hospital

family doctor

noun

a doctor working in a local surgery, not in a hospital, who treats all types of illness. A family doctor is usually called a GP.

flying doctor

noun

a doctor, especially in Australia, who uses a plane to visit people who live far away from a town or city

FRCS

abbreviation

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons: a member of a British organization for surgeons (=doctors who do medical operations on people)

general practitioner

noun

a doctor or lawyer who is in general practice

GP

noun

General Practitioner: a doctor who deals with general medical problems and treats the families in a particular area

gynaecologist

noun

a doctor who treats medical conditions and diseases that affect women and their reproductive organs

gynecologist

the American spelling of gynaecologist

health professional

noun

someone whose job involves providing medical care for people, for example a doctor or dentist

herbalist

noun

someone who grows, sells, or prepares herbs for use in medicine or who treats ill people with herbal medicines

houseman

noun

a junior doctor who works in a hospital. The American word is intern.

house officer

noun

someone who has recently gained a qualification as a doctor and is working in a hospital while continuing their training

intern

noun

a houseman

internist

noun

a doctor who treats illnesses using internal medicine

locum

noun

a doctor or priest who does the job of another doctor or priest temporarily, for example while the usual one is ill or on holiday

medic

noun

a doctor or medical student

medical practitioner

noun

a doctor

MO

noun

medical officer: a doctor in the army

obstetrician

noun

a doctor whose job is to check the health of pregnant women and help with the birth of their children

occupational therapist

noun

someone who uses the methods of occupational therapy to treat people who have been ill or injured

ophthalmologist

noun

a doctor who is an expert in illnesses of the eyes and who can perform operations on people’s eyes

orthopaedist

noun

a doctor whose job is to treat orthopaedic injuries or diseases

orthopedist

an American spelling of orthopaedist

osteopath

noun

someone who is trained to practise osteopathy

paediatrician

noun

a doctor who deals with children and the medical treatment of their illnesses

paramedic

noun

someone who is trained to give medical treatment to people at the place where an accident has happened

pediatrician

the American spelling of paediatrician

physician

noun

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physio

noun

a physiotherapist

quack

noun

a doctor who is not very good, or someone who cheats people by pretending to be a doctor

quack

noun

a doctor

registrar

noun

a doctor in a hospital who has qualified and is training to be a consultant

resident

noun

someone who has just received their licence as a doctor and is working in a hospital to continue their training

sangoma

noun

in South Africa, a person who cures people who have illnesses or injuries using plants and other traditional methods

surgeon

noun

a doctor who is trained to perform operations that involve cutting open someone’s body, usually in a hospital

therapist

noun

someone whose job is to help people with physical, mental, or emotional problems, using a particular type of therapy

acupuncturist

noun

epidemiologist

noun

family practitioner

noun

oncologist

noun

pharmacologist

noun

podiatrist

noun

urologist

noun

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