family physician

noun

Definition of family physician

: a doctor specializing in family practice

called also family doctor

Examples of family physician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a patient needs a higher level of care, the family physician usually depends on a transfer to a hospital 130 miles (209 kilometers) away. Stephen Groves, chicagotribune.com, "Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge: ‘I don’t see the end in sight’," 17 Oct. 2020 When a patient needs a higher level of care, the family physician usually depends on a transfer to a hospital 130 miles (209 kilometers) away. Arkansas Online, "Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge," 17 Oct. 2020 When a patient needs a higher level of care, the family physician usually depends on a transfer to a hospital 130 miles (209 kilometers) away. Stephen Groves, Anchorage Daily News, "Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge," 17 Oct. 2020 Even before the pandemic, the more than 200-bed hospital occasionally had patients waiting overnight in the emergency room for an inpatient bed to open up, said Dr. David Field, a family physician. Lucy Tompkins, New York Times, "The Virus Surges in North Dakota, Filling Hospitals and Testing Attitudes," 7 Oct. 2020 Ditch the reusable lunch boxes for a disposable brown bag, says Mark Cucuzzella, a family physician and professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine who specializes in diet, nutrition and healthy living. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Here's how parents can protect their kids from coronavirus as schools reopen," 7 Aug. 2020 Tito Izard is a family physician and president and chief executive of Milwaukee Health Services Inc. located on North King Drive. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Again and again, Milwaukee has protested police brutality and racist policies. What legacy will these marchers leave?," 3 June 2020 In April 2017, my family physician referred us to HART Fertility Clinic in Hamilton. refinery29.com, "“Enough With The COVID-19 Baby Boom Jokes!” Why Infertility Is Harder Than Ever," 7 May 2020 Kaiser Health News Darrin Menard, a family physician in Lafayette, Louisiana, has spent the past month easing patients’ anxieties about the coronavirus that has killed 10 people in his parish so far. Phil Galewitz, USA TODAY, "Doctors asking for advance Medicare payments to 'keep the lights on'," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of family physician

1796, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

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“Family physician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20physician. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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family physician

noun

Medical Definition of family physician

2 : a doctor specializing in family practice

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