physician assistant

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physician assistant

n. Abbr. PA
A person trained to provide a variety of medical services, usually under the supervision of a physician.

physi′cian assis`tant

or physi′cian's assis′tant,

a person trained and certified to perform many clinical procedures under the supervision of a physician. Abbr.: PA
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