(in China) a layperson trained to provide a number of basic health-care services, especially in rural areas.
Origin of barefoot doctor
First recorded in 1965–70
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(esp in developing countries) a worker trained as a medical auxiliary in a rural area who dispenses medicine, gives first aid, assists at childbirth, etc
Word Origin for barefoot doctor
C20: translation of Chinese chijiao yisheng, officially translated as primary health worker
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A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained in such activities as first aid, childbirth assistance, the dispensing of drugs, and preventive medicine.
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