urgent care

noun

Definition of urgent care

1 : medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room
  • … they have turned to one of the fastest-growing segments of American health care: urgent care, a common category of walk-in clinics with uncommon interest from Wall Street.
  • —Julie Creswell
often used before another noun
  • If your leg or arm is sore and swollen, go to an urgent care center; if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or you're coughing up blood, get to an emergency room.
  • —Rick Nathanson
  • The athlete sustains an inversion or eversion ankle injury and is evaluated at a local emergency room or urgent care facility.
  • —James S. Keene
2 : medical care of an urgent nature
  • Strokes now are the focus of a broad new public-awareness campaign labeling them as "brain attacks," needing the same urgent care as heart attacks.
  • —Marilyn Chase

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First Known Use of urgent care

1973


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