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Medical Term:

physician assistant

Pronunciation: fi-zish'un a-sis'tant

Definition: A person who is trained, certified, and licensed to perform history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment of commonly encountered medical problems, and certain technical skills, under the supervision of a licensed physician, and who thereby extends the physician's capacity to provide medical care. Many subspecialties exist (orthopedist's assistant, sports injury assistant, pediatrician's assistant).

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