primary care

noun
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (such as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist often used before another noun
  • a primary care physician
called also primary health care; compare secondary care, tertiary care

Examples of primary care in a Sentence

  1. He provides primary care to inner-city patients.

Recent Examples of primary care from the Web

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First Known Use of primary care

1967


PRIMARY CARE Defined for English Language Learners

primary care

noun

Definition of primary care for English Language Learners

  • : medical care from the doctor who sees a patient first and provides basic treatment or decides that the patient should see another doctor


Medical Dictionary

primary care

noun

medical Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner or a pediatrician) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist for further treatment often used attributively
  • primary care physicians
  • primary care practice
  • primary care medicine
called also primary health care; compare secondary care, tertiary care

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