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primary care

medical care by a physician, or other health-care professional, who is the patient's first contact with the health-care system and who may recommend a specialist if necessary.
Origin of primary care
First recorded in 1970-75
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primary-care, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is but an instinct—the primary care of their lives—the secret spring of their power.

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  • Our primary care must be to keep the habits of the mind flexible and adapted to the movement of real life.

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    Walter Lippmann
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primary care in Medicine

primary care n.
The medical care a patient receives upon first contact with the health care system, before referral elsewhere within the system.

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