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

Related forms

pri·mary-care, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for primary care

primary care


The initial medical care given by a health care provider to a patient, especially as part of regular, ambulatory care, and sometimes followed by referral to other medical providers.
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