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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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 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 The definition includes the reallocation of staff, delaying or modifying nonemergency medical services and reasonable nonperformance of medical services due to COVID-19. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2019 One bill allows medical doctors to refuse nonemergency medical treatment to a patient based on religious or moral objections and the other bans transgender girls from competing on school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2021 The commission's 24 cost-saving ideas ranged from reconfiguring nonemergency medical transportation to reducing the use of high-cost services for people who have Medicaid disability waivers. Jessie Van Berkel Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 12 Dec. 2020 The spokesman described the effort as building upon work already underway in the department, such as receiving more nonemergency complaints online instead of deploying officers. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 22 Nov. 2020 The manufacturer said Tuesday that demand for those and other goods boosted U.S. sales in its latest quarter, offsetting lower sales for products including office supplies and materials used in nonemergency medical procedures. Austen Hufford, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2020

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Nonemergency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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