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hospitalist

Pronunciation: hos'pi-tal-ist

Definition:

  1. A physician whose professional activities are performed chiefly within a hospital, anesthesiologists, emergency department physicians, intensivists (intensive care specialists), pathologists, and radiologists.
  2. A primary care physician (not a house officer) who assumes responsibility for the observation and treatment of hospitalized patients and returns them to the care of their private physicians when they are discharged from the hospital.

Synonym(s): hospital-based physician

[hospital + -ist]

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