Simple Definition of general practitioner
: a person (especially a doctor) whose work is not limited to a special area : a person who is not a specialist
Full Definition of general practitioner
: a physician or veterinarian whose practice is not limited to a specialty; broadly : generalist
Examples of general practitioner in a sentence
Our family doctor is a general practitioner.
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Medical Definition of general practitioner
: a physician or veterinarian whose practice is not limited to a specialty <Dr. Thomas, Sr., could carry virtually the full armamentarium of the medicine of his day in a single black bag, and very nearly all of medical knowledge in his head. Today the general practitioner is a vanishing breed, and specialists cannot use their time effectively traveling from patient to patient.—John Steele Gordon, American Heritage, 3 May 1992> <The primary-care doctor is gaining new respect in Washington. Battles may be breaking out left and right over the various health-care bills emerging from Congress, but reformers on both sides agree that general practitioners should be given a central role in uniting the fragmented U.S. medical system.—Catherine Arnst, Business Week, 6 July 2009>
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