Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

primary care

noun

Simple Definition of primary care

  • : medical care from the doctor who sees a patient first and provides basic treatment or decides that the patient should see another doctor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of primary care

  1. :  health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist —often used attributively <a primary care physician> —called also primary health care — compare secondary care, tertiary care

Examples of primary care in a sentence

  1. He provides primary care to inner-city patients.



1970

First Known Use of primary care

1970


Medical Dictionary

primary care

noun

Medical Definition of primary care

  1. :  health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner or a pediatrician) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist for further treatment—often used attributively <primary care physicians> <primary care practice> <primary care medicine>; called also primary health care; compare secondary care, tertiary care




Learn More about primary care

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of primary care


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up primary care? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

philistine lazy melancholy frenetic
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ