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family doctor

a general practitioner.
Also called family physician.
Origin of family doctor
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The family physician, however, had whispered in the wife's ear these four words: "Only sixty minutes more!"

  • If there is any serious difficulty the family physician should be consulted.

  • He has also had charge of the Tabernacle, and acted as family physician to the inmates of the Harem.

  • I return to the family physician who prescribed for my youth.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • He was the family physician, and as Farrell opened the door to his knock, he went straight to the bed.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • Dr. Bradley, gentle and direct, had been the Conroys' family physician for years.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Oh, said Taylor with the confidential air of a family physician.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • Approval must also be obtained from the family physician or some other doctor.

British Dictionary definitions for family physician

family doctor

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family physician in Medicine

family physician n.
See family doctor.

family doctor n.

  1. A physician who practices the specialty of family medicine. Also called family physician, family practitioner.

  2. See general practitioner.

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