private practice


: a professional business (such as that of a lawyer or doctor) that is not controlled or paid for by the government or a larger company (such as a hospital)
After years as attorney general, he returned to private practice.

Examples of private practice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cooke opened her private practice after working at a Wellstar facility. Bracey Harris, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 More than 100,000 doctors have left private practice and become employees of hospitals and other corporate entities since 2019. Paul Berggreen, STAT, 15 Feb. 2024 Each line item on a private practice billing statement would be considered a separate violation of the city Ethics Code and subject to a penalty of between $100 and $1,000. Ald. Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel, 29 Feb. 2024 Leary, who has a doctorate in chiropractic and alternative medicine, would set up ice baths for his private practice clients, and eventually in 2019, set up a breathwork ice bath class at a wellness retreat in Costa Rica—to aid the group’s recovery. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024 According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in 2022 a private practice veterinarian earned an average salary of $114,000, compared to an independent practice salary of $87,000. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 Plastic surgeons and dermatologists in private practice are usually better paid. Ju-Min Park and Jack Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2024 After leaving the military, Dr. Miller set up a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Mount Vernon on Calvert Street. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Prior to entering politics, the Harvard Law grad, 46, worked in private practice. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024

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“Private practice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

private practice

: practice of a profession (as medicine) independently and not as an employee
: the patients depending on and using the services of a physician in private practice
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