primary care

noun

: 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

He provides primary care to inner-city patients.
Recent Examples on the Web The cost of managing a medical practice — whether in primary care or a specialty — has surged. Paul Berggreen, STAT, 15 Feb. 2024 Instead, primary care has increasingly become short-term and transactional. Sunita Mishra, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 One of the problems is that there is no primary care, so that’s why women are not getting any sort of prenatal care. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 It’s been identified by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 best medical school for primary care. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 9 Feb. 2024 Updates in diagnosis and management for primary care. Sandra Gordon, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Patients without access to regular primary care may not be screened for liver disease. Ben Tanen, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The man, Sudipta Mohanty, 33, a Boston internal medicine and primary care doctor, was arrested Aug. 10 on a charge of lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced in a news release. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Sometimes, though, there’s an issue at hand that warrants a trip to an ob-gyn or primary care provider. Mara Santilli, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primary care was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Primary care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primary%20care. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

primary care

noun
: 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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