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family medicine

Syllabification: fam·i·ly med·i·cine

Definition of family medicine in English:


The branch of medicine designed to provide basic health care to all the members of a family.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps no specialty is better suited than family medicine to bring health care to patients with diabetes.
  • In the United States, the professional constituency for primary care is fragmented into family medicine, general internal medicine, and general paediatrics.
  • The collaboration between family medicine and public health is a crucial link in efforts to bring the benefits of health care to all Americans.

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