DOCTOR DEFINITION: Medical doctors (MDs), physicians, medical practitioner, or simply doctors, are professionals who treat people for injuries and illnesses (physical and mental impairments), prescribe medications, diagnose ailments, order diagnostic tests, record patient information (surveillance of cases), and promote of healthy behaviors.
They are health practitioners who work in medical centers, hospitals, clinics, or private practices.
OTHER TYPES OF DOCTORS
Anyone who has finished doctorate (has been awarded a doctor's degree) is considered a doctor and can prefix Dr. to his/her name. Including dentists, physiotherapists, veterinarians, psychologist and others.
This includes lawyers who earn an M.D. and graduate school students in any number of academic disciplines who earn a Ph. D., most law school students also receive a doctoral degree–juris doctor.
The title of “Doctor” is not a protected title, so a person doesn't have to be a medical practitioner to use it.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL DEGREES - DOCTOR ACRONYMS: