Also found in: Medical.
One who practices; a specialist: technician.
[Middle English, from Old French -icien : -ique, n. suff.; see -ic + -ien, adj. and n. suff.; see -ian.]
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suffix forming nouns
indicating a person skilled or involved in a subject or activity: physician; beautician.
[from French -icien; see -ic, -ian]
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a suffix forming personal nouns denoting occupations: beautician; mortician.
[extracted from musician, physician, etc.]
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