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1. Being the principal physician supervising a patient's care.
2. Being a physician on the regular medical staff of a hospital.
1. The principal physician supervising a patient's care.
2. A staff physician in a hospital.


(əˈtɛn dɪŋ)

adj. (of a physician)
1. having primary responsibility for a patient.
2. holding a staff position in an accredited hospital: an attending physician.
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Noun1.attending - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of othersattending - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
basic cognitive process - cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
clock-watching - paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work)
ear - attention to what is said; "he tried to get her ear"
eye - attention to what is seen; "he tried to catch her eye"
notice, observance, observation - the act of noticing or paying attention; "he escaped the notice of the police"
notice - polite or favorable attention; "his hard work soon attracted the teacher's notice"
2.attending - the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)attending - the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
group action - action taken by a group of people
appearing, coming into court, appearance - formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
presence - the act of being present
turnout - attendance for a particular event or purpose (as to vote in an election); "the turnout for the rally"


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There are inconveniences attending such feelings as Marianne's, which all the charms of enthusiasm and ignorance of the world cannot atone for.
Through the kindness of Lady Aberdeen, my wife and I were enabled to go with a party of those who were attending the International Congress of Women, then in session in London, to see Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle, where, afterward, we were all the guests of her Majesty at tea.
During her illness many arguments had been urged to persuade my mother to refrain from attending upon her.
However, both Clintons reportedly decided attending the event was their civic duty, and the sources said the couple would show up at the inauguration out of respect for American democracy.
The "Study of Deeper Learning: Opportunities and Outcomes"--funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation--aimed to determine whether students attending high schools with a mature and at least moderately well implemented approach to promoting deeper learning actually experienced greater deeper learning opportunities and outcomes than they would have had they not attended these schools.
About one in 10 (8 percent) attended a Catholic college or university, with half of them attending at least four years.
Sabrina Albert, daughter of Jennifer Albert, will be attending Worcester State University.
4 : to pay attention to <All the children had been attending.
Students who are earning the lowest grades would presumably have the greatest need for (and would presumably reap the greatest benefit from) attending help-sessions; do these students attend help-sessions more often than other students?
Those not attending lectures were provided a weekly session to ask questions of the course director.
Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, grew up in East Los Angeles, attending a Protestant Sunday school and church on most Sundays.