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lo·cum te·nens

 (lō′kəm′ tē′nĕnz′, tĕn′ənz)
n. pl. locum te·nen·tes (tə-nĕn′tēz)
A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.

[Medieval Latin locum tenēns : Latin locum, accusative of locus, place + Latin tenēns, present participle of tenēre, to hold.]

locum tenens

(ˈləʊkəm ˈtiːnɛnz)
n, pl locum tenentes (təˈnɛntiːz)
chiefly Brit a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergyman. Often shortened to: locum
[C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)]

lo•cum te•nens

(ˈloʊ kəm ˈti nɛnz, ˈtɛn ɪnz)

n., pl. locum te•nen•tes (təˈnɛn tiz)
a temporary substitute, esp. for a doctor or member of the clergy.
Also called, esp. Brit., locum.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin locum tenēns literally, (one) holding the place]
lo′cum-te′nen•cy, n.

locum tenens

A Latin phrase meaning place-holding, used to mean a person who acts as a temporary substitute for someone else, especially a physician.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locum tenens - someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
backup man, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, backup, substitute, relief - someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
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33) that archdeacons were frequently absentees at this period (and earlier) and that their officials were accustomed to act as locum tenentes.
Most of the time, locum tenentes don't know where their next assignment will take them, but that's part of the fun.