Доктор or врач?
Are the two words interchangeable?
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marianne | 0 points - about 2 years ago
When you are talking about a doctor of medicine it is usually врач unless you are addressing him or her directly:
Доктор, я умру? (not Врач, я умру?)Vote Up Vote Down
kasi_kuhn | 0 points - about 2 years ago
Those two words have different origin.
Врач is an old Russian word but доктор derives from Latin (that’s why it’s the same as in English and other Romanic languages)
And indeed, as noticed above, PhD is a доктор too.Vote Up Vote Down
agustin | 0 points - about 2 years ago
Доктор and врач are not completely interchangeable. When talking to a doctor you can call him доктор but never врач. Доктор also means a scientific degree (not only medical), while врач means doctor of medicine.Vote Up Vote Down