Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: doctour, from Latin doctor 'teacher', from docere 'to teach'


1 noun
doc‧tor1 S2 W1 [countable]
1MN written abbreviation Dr someone who is trained to treat people who are ill:
She was treated by her local doctor.
You should consult your family doctor for further advice.
go to/see/visit a doctor
I'd like to make an appointment to see Dr Pugh.
His doctor prescribed him some antibiotics. (=ordered drugs for him by writing an official note)
the doctor's informal (=the place where your doctor works)
'Where's Sandy today?' 'I think she's at the doctor's.'
a busy doctor with over 2000 patients on her list
2SEC someone who holds the highest level of degree given by a university:
a Doctor of Law
WORD FOCUS: doctor WORD FOCUS: doctor
similar words: physician especially AmE, GP British English, consultant, registrar

a doctor who does operations: surgeon

a doctor who treats mental illnesses: psychiatrist, psychotherapist, shrink informal

a doctor who treats people's teeth: dentist, orthodontist

a doctor who treats animals: vet, veterinarian especially AmE

someone who is training to be a doctor: medical student, intern American English

the place where you go to see your doctor: surgery British English, office American English
WORD FOCUS: hospital WORD FOCUS: hospital
types of hospital: medical center American English (a big hospital)
maternity hospital
(for women who are having a baby)
mental hospital
/psychiatric hospital (for people who are mentally ill)
(for people receiving a particular kind of treatment)
(for people who are dying)
nursing home
(for old people)

parts of a hospital: A&E also casualty British English, emergency room American English, operating theatre British English/operating room American English, ward, unit

people in a hospital: doctor, nurse, surgeon, patient, orderly

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