doctor fish
Surgeon Sur"geon, n. [OE. surgien, OF. surgien, contr. fr. chirurgien. See {Chirurgeon}.] 1. One whose profession or occupation is to cure diseases or injuries of the body by manual operation; one whose occupation is to cure local injuries or disorders (such as wounds, dislocations, tumors, etc.), whether by manual operation, or by medication and constitutional treatment. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of ch[ae]todont fishes of the family {Teuthid[ae]}, or {Acanthurid[ae]}, which have one or two sharp lancelike spines on each side of the base of the tail. Called also {surgeon fish}, {doctor fish}, {lancet fish}, and {sea surgeon}. [1913 Webster]

{Surgeon apothecary}, one who unites the practice of surgery with that of the apothecary. --Dunglison.

{Surgeon dentist}, a dental surgeon; a dentist.

{Surgeon fish}. See def. 2, above.

{Surgeon general}. (a) In the United States army, the chief of the medical department. (b) In the British army, a surgeon ranking next below the chief of the medical department. [1913 Webster]


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  • Doctor fish — doctor doc tor, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See {Docile}.] 1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. Bacon …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doctor fish — This article is about the freshwater fish used for treating skin diseases in Turkey. For the species sometimes called doctor fish in the UK, see Tench. For the fish known as the surgeonfish , see Acanthuridae. Doctor fish Scientific… …   Wikipedia

  • doctor fish — /ˈdɒktə fɪʃ/ (say doktuh fish) noun (plural doctor fish or doctor fishes) → tench. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • doctor fish — 1) any of a series of unrelated fish species that are supposedly helpful to other fishes, e.g. tench (Tinca tinca, Cyprinidae) slime is said to cure wounds; Garra rufa and Cyprinion macrostomum (Cyprinidae) in Turkish hot springs in the Kangal… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • doctor-fish — noun surgeon fish of the West Indies • Syn: ↑doctorfish, ↑Acanthurus chirurgus • Hypernyms: ↑surgeonfish • Member Holonyms: ↑Acanthurus, ↑genus Acanthurus * * * d …   Useful english dictionary

  • Doctor Fish Cafe — a chain of cafes and spas in South Korea where doctor fish are available for treatment of skin conditions in people. Spa resorts are now set up in various countries (China, Japan, Croatia, Singapore) with various names (not listed here). See also …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • doctor — doc tor, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See {Docile}.] 1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. Bacon. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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