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

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

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The network of city departments, including the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and the Department of Public Health, handles nonemergency homelessness complaints and street behavioral issues. Dominic Fracassa,, "BART’s Civic Center station gets needle kiosk as part of cleanup push," 20 June 2018 Some would be deployed to the city’s Healthy Streets Operations Center, an initiative involving several city departments working to address nonemergency homelessness complaints. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor proposes hiring hundreds of new police officers," 15 May 2018 Unlike Premera's plan, there is no specific list of procedures, but general areas are orthopedic, nonemergency heart conditions and planned major surgeries. Laurel Andrews, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaskans seek relief from high health care costs with medical tourism," 8 Nov. 2015

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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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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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