from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The medical attention that a patient receives upon first contact with a healthcare system; either a general practitioner or the A&E or ER department of a hospital.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)


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