non·​emer·​gen·​cy | \ ˌnän-i-ˈmər-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce nonemergency (audio) \

Definition of nonemergency

: not of, relating to, or constituting an emergency nonemergency medical care a nonemergency situation

Other Words from nonemergency

nonemergency noun
… patients with nonemergencies turn up at emergency rooms instead of going to doctors offices … — Kerry McCray

Examples of nonemergency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The driver for a nonemergency medical transport service involved in a fatal crash has been charged with driving under the influence, resulting in death, according to Coventry police. Brian Amaral,, 6 Dec. 2021 Gillespie wanted to bill $500 every time his crews were called out for a nonemergency lift-assist. oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 During the pandemic, new prescription volumes were especially weak as patients deferred nonemergency medical care. Charley Grant, WSJ, 1 July 2021 And unvaccinated people may soon be refused nonemergency hospital treatment. NBC News, 27 June 2021 That would involve taking what could be several more months to compile and review data necessary for what is known as a biologics license, essentially a more comprehensive, nonemergency seal of approval from the FDA. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 7 May 2021 On May 3, the government banned all nonemergency domestic flights, and two days later the international airport grounded commercial flights. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 28 May 2021 The definition of that phrase includes the reallocation of staff, delaying or modifying nonemergency medical services, and reasonable nonperformance of medical services due to COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus pandemic caused disruptions in routine and nonemergency medical care. Lois Szymanski,, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonemergency

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonemergency was in 1894

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“Nonemergency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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non·​emer·​gen·​cy | \ -i-ˈmər-jən-sē How to pronounce nonemergency (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonemergency

: not being or requiring emergency care nonemergency surgery nonemergency patients


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