general practitioner


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.

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To capitalize on those visits, Henry Ford now aims to give all of its million patients a suicide evaluation at least once a year with their general practitioner. Greg Miller, Science | AAAS, "Three suicide prevention strategies show real promise. How can they reach more people?," 22 Aug. 2019 Family doctors, known as general practitioners (GPs), act as the first port of call for patients; friendly gatekeepers to the rest of the service who refer people to specialists only if needed. The Economist, "The front line of England’s NHS is being reinvented," 27 June 2019 Children under the age of 6 are generally tested for lead exposure if their guardians answer positively to a Lead Poisoning Verbal Risk Assessment, administered by the child's general practitioner. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville kids are still at risk for lead poisoning. Here's how healthy eating can help," 25 June 2019 Pediatricians, general practitioners, and infectious disease specialists can advise on whether the tick should be tested for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other illnesses. Maggie O'neill,, "What Does a Tick Bite Look Like?," 14 June 2019 It’s hard to find general practitioners, pediatricians and so forth, because these are lower paying but incredibly important roles within our medical system. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Philadelphia Fed’s Patrick Harker," 16 Nov. 2018 In Canada last year, the median wait time between seeing a general practitioner and following up with a specialist was 10.2 weeks, while the wait between seeing a doctor and beginning treatment was about five months. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "The False Promise of ‘Medicare for All’," 12 Nov. 2018 Local and state health departments, general practitioners and veterinarians will also have recommendations for prevention, treatment and vector control. Joyce Sakamoto, Washington Post, "Ticks and mosquitoes are ready to deliver disease in a bite, but you can stop them," 18 June 2018 An increasing number of doctors, including general practitioners, are seeking training to use medications such as methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone to treat patients with drug addictions. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of general practitioner

1810, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of general practitioner

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

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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, 3 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 Arnst, Business Week, 6 July 2009

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