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Pronunciation: nurs


  1. To breast-feed; suckle.
  2. To provide care of the sick.
  3. One who is educated in the scientific basis of nursing under defined standards of education and is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

[O. Fr. nourice, fr. L. nutrix, wet-nurse, nurse, fr. nutrio, to sucke, to tend]

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