general practitioner

noun
Updated on: 16 May 2018

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

  1. Our family doctor is a general practitioner.

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First Known Use of general practitioner

1810

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GENERAL PRACTITIONER Defined for English Language Learners

general practitioner

Definition of general practitioner for English Language Learners

  • : a person (especially a doctor) whose work is not limited to a special area : a person who is not a specialist


Medical Dictionary

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 GordonAmerican Heritage3 May 1992
  • 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 ArnstBusiness Week6 July 2009


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