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general practitioner

n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages. Also called family doctor.

general practitioner (GP)

Etymology: L, genus, kind; Gk, praktikos, practical
a family practice physician. See also family medicine, family practice, family practice physician.

general practitioner

A fully registered medical practitioner in the UK who provides general medical services to a particular group of patients or “list”, either in partnership with other GPs, as a salaried GP in a group or, less commonly, as a single practitioner. GPs may also provide inpatient care in community hospitals. A GP will refer patients “forward” to a consultant (hospital specialist) when the patients’ needs cannot be addressed locally. GPs in the UK are not NHS employees, but rather contract independently with the NHS.

A physician who practices “general medicine”, often an older physician who did not specialise in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Most so-defined GPs have since retired from practice.

general practitioner

A physician who practices 'general medicine', often an older physician who did not specialize in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Cf Family practitioner, Generalist.

fam·i·ly prac·tice phy·si·cian

(fam'i-lē prak'tis fi-zish'ŭn)
The trained health care professional who attends most of the needs of her patients through diagnosis to pharmacotherapy. Previously, the first caregiver seen by patients.

general practitioner

A doctor who does not specialize in any particular branch of medicine but who treats a wide variety of relatively minor medical conditions and is able to discern those conditions requiring specialist attention.

general practitioner,

n a medical doctor who attends to the everyday medical needs of individuals within a community.

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