Definition of referral in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈfəːr(ə)l/


1An act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action.
Example sentences
  • Peters and Wade reviewed 2038 referrals to the Auckland Court Liaison Service over a two year period.
  • Initial referral to a review pharmacist included a copy of the patient's discharge letter.
  • As the previous speaker has said, National supports this legislation and its referral to the Regulations Review Committee.
1.1 [mass noun] The directing of a patient to a medical specialist by a GP.
Example sentences
  • No effect of referral from medical or social service providers was detected.
  • We selected patients by examining all referral letters to the hospital's gastroenterology outpatient clinics and open access endoscopy service.
  • Your most important task is to detect potentially serious ocular presentations for immediate referral of the patient to an ophthalmologist and treatment.
1.2A person whose case has been referred to a specialist doctor or a professional body.
Example sentences
  • Botha says the centre gets lots of referrals from doctors and physiotherapists.
  • Now I get referrals from medical doctors who have seen their patients lose weight or quit smoking.
  • The authority is now receiving about 80 referrals a quarter, including doctors working in primary care.

Words that rhyme with referral

conferral, deferral, transferral

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: re¦fer|ral

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