Definition of referral in English:


Syllabification: re·fer·ral
Pronunciation: /riˈfərəl


  • 1An act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1The directing of a patient to a medical specialist by a primary care physician.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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