urgent care


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 NathansonThe 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

Examples of urgent care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new Sanitas Medical Center on Jog Road, nestled between Publix and Home Depot, offers preventive care such as mammograms, lab work, and imaging, in addition to urgent care, diabetes management and mental health therapy. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Car crashes dropped off in 2020 as lockdown measures kept many at home and off the road, and the threat of Covid-19 infection probably kept many from seeking non-urgent care. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 9 May 2022 Nearly one-quarter of the younger generation haven’t visited a primary care physician, preferring urgent care to a traditional doctor or hospital. Sean Hart, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Black and Latino Angelenos lack preventive care for the simple reason that a disproportionate number live in poor neighborhoods where doctors, nurses, pharmacies, hospitals, even urgent care clinics are impossible to find. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 That prompted her to leave school early and visit a local urgent care. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 22 Feb. 2022 The first study found a third shot slashed the risk of visiting the ER or urgent care by 94% during delta and 82% during omicron. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 28 Jan. 2022 Those seeking care in the Milford area or any of the urgent care centers may walk in or reserve a place and pre-register online. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 27 Jan. 2022 Patients seeking urgent care at a Baptist Health clinic might need to go elsewhere after a handful of South Florida locations were temporarily closed. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'urgent care.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of urgent care

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About urgent care

Time Traveler for urgent care

Time Traveler

The first known use of urgent care was in 1973

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near urgent care


urgent care

urge on

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for urgent care

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Urgent care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgent%20care. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!