general practitioner

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web My general practitioner prescribed a low-dose statin (Crestor 5 mg). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 May 2022 My general practitioner diagnosed trochanteric bursitis and recommended stretches plus Voltaren cream to reduce the pain. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 May 2022 Schumer notes that the general practitioner pulls in specialized experts leading their fields to simply the most complicated subjects (from stress management to body language) in each episode. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 The median wait last year for treatment from a specialist following referral by a general practitioner was more than 25 weeks — nearly half a year. Sally C. Pipes, National Review, 21 Feb. 2022 Those numbers felt about right to Dr. Rodney Hood, a general practitioner serving the most diverse parts of the San Diego community. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 But the emergency room physician missed a fracture in Starkey's back, which went untreated for nearly two weeks until her general practitioner was able to find her a hospital bed and treatment for her back. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2021 Birgitte Schoenmakers, a general practitioner and professor at Leuven University, sees it on an almost daily basis. Raf Casert And Karel Janicek, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 Birgitte Schoenmakers, a general practitioner and professor at Leuven University, sees it on an almost daily basis. Fox News, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of general practitioner

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“General practitioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/general%20practitioner. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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general practitioner

noun

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 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

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