Referral - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfɜːrəl|  American pronunciation of the word referral
Brit.  |rɪˈfəːr(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word referral

noun

- a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group

the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones

- a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred

the insurance company says that you need a written referral from your physician before seeing a specialist

- the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)

Examples

The doctor will give you a referral to a specialist in your area.

Only 39 percent of patients were seen within four weeks of referral.

the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones

the insurance company says that you need a written referral from your physician before seeing a specialist

Some doctors are unwilling to take new patients without a referral.

Word forms

noun
singular: referral
plural: referrals
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