Is there one word that can describe a doctor, nurse, etc.? I've come across "medician" but that's an informal usage that's mostly in science fiction. I want to be able to refer to, essentially a medical professional without using two words.

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    How about "medic"?
    – Colin Fine
    Sep 23 '15 at 14:56
  • Why is important to use only one word? Apr 1 '20 at 3:09

In the US they're called practitioners.

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    To preclude confusion, I'd recommend you specifically mention they're called medical practitioners.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 23 '15 at 17:05
  • The term can refer to persons other than medical practitioners, true. Per Google: "a person actively engaged in an art, discipline, or profession, especially medicine." [my emphasis] `patients are treated by skilled practitioners'. So, although the term isn't limited to medical practitioners, it is most often used in medical contexts. Confusion wouldn't be likely, in context.
    – TRomano
    Sep 23 '15 at 17:15
  • As you like. It's your answer. You have my +1 either way. But I'm withholding the imaginary additional +1 I would have given you if you had added "medical" ;)
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 23 '15 at 17:16
  • But the OP wanted a single word "without using two words". I was damned if I did and damned if I didn't :)
    – TRomano
    Sep 23 '15 at 17:17
  • Among practitioners, I have a feeling that provider is the nom de jour that encompasses all staff.
    – stevesliva
    Sep 24 '15 at 4:56

Depending on the context, consider caregiver

caregiver: An individual, such as a physician, nurse, or social worker, that assists in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability.

  • Thanks for the answer, I also had 'medic' suggested, and have decided to go with that Sep 28 '15 at 20:07

I used "medic" to describe nurses , specifically my daughter an RN, she opined that a mdic is an Emergency Medical Technician or other person who treats outside of the typical hospital. I did some research and found that the military medic is not considered a nurse as well. I wanted a one word term to include all of the pros who are working so hard to defeat Corona 19 virus patients. Robert Fusco

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    Welcome to ELU. Please take a tour of the site to familiarize yourself with the format for answers and comments. I'm a little confused by your phrasing.
    – livresque
    Apr 1 '20 at 4:47

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