primary care


primary care

noun

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

Full Definition of PRIMARY CARE

:  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

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

First Known Use of PRIMARY CARE

1970

primary care

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PRIMARY CARE

: 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

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