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general practitioner

Line breaks: gen|eral prac|ti¦tion¦er
(abbreviation: GP)

Definition of general practitioner in English:


A doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic illnesses and refers those with serious conditions to a hospital.
Example sentences
  • Patients in local hospitals owned by local communities are treated by general practitioners.
  • Perth has numerous specialists in skin diagnosis to whom general practitioners could refer patients.
  • This is usually done by either a gynaecologist, a general practitioner, or a nurse practitioner.


general practice

noun (British )
Example sentences
  • This was a prospective one year study of all consultations with general practitioners in 60 general practices in England and Wales.
  • We obtained information on use of primary care services directly from the patients' general practices and district nurses.
  • He worked in several hospital posts and in general practice before deciding on geriatrics.

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