family practice


Definition of family practice 

: a medical practice or specialty which provides continuing general medical care for the individual and family

called also family medicine

Examples of family practice in a Sentence

She plans to enter family practice when she graduates from med school.

Recent Examples on the Web

Aquilina took her first job assisting then Michigan state senator John F. Kelly and later started her own family practice, Aquilina Law Firm. Jason Schmidt, Glamour, "Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Isn’t Done Listening Yet," 30 Oct. 2018 Her mother is a licensed clinical social worker for Silva and Associates, a private family practice in Henderson. New York Times, "Ana Silva, Phillip Hsu," 1 July 2018 Michael Alston Smith, whose family practice in Mount Holly, North Carolina, is now closed, has enrolled in truck driving school to pay his bills, court documents show. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Doctor gave patients drugs for sex. Now he's in trucking school to pay the bills.," 1 June 2018 Bishop Curry was invited to honor Markle’s American heritage, since the Episcopal Church is the American branch of Anglicism, the religion the royal family practices. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bishop Michael Curry Quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in Royal Wedding Sermon," 19 May 2018 Among them: Glen Marin, a family practice doctor from New York City. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200 doctors stay on Medicare rolls despite disciplinary actions," 17 May 2018 The incidents were reported in February when Lowndes County deputies responded to a call at Patterson's family practice, reports say. Cliff Pinckard,, "Georgia doctor threatens to slit employees' throats: reports," 30 Apr. 2018 Marian Antoinette Patterson, a family practice doctor who's worked in the Valdosta area for almost 30 years, allegedly shouted a slew of threats at her employees, WCTV reported. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Georgia doctor allegedly threatened to 'slit' employees' throats, 'cut' worker's head off, 'roll it down hallway'," 29 Apr. 2018 Long hours and low pay have transformed pediatric or family practices into unattractive options for many aspiring physicians. Reed Abelson And Julie Creswell, New York Times, "The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care," 7 Apr. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of family practice

: the work of providing general medical care for people of all ages

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Medical Definition of family practice 

: a medical practice or specialty which provides continuing general medical care for the individual and family abbreviation FP

called also family medicine

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