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or out-patient

[out-pey-shuh nt] /ˈaʊtˌpeɪ ʃənt/
a patient who receives treatment at a hospital, as in an emergency room or clinic, but is not hospitalized.
Origin of outpatient
First recorded in 1705-15; out- + patient Unabridged
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  • In the outpatient department a question arose about marriage.

  • Your condition may be too serious to be treated appropriately on an outpatient basis.

  • She began the day in the outpatient Department, and a poor woman came with a child that had bitten its tongue.

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British Dictionary definitions for outpatient


a nonresident hospital patient Compare inpatient
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Word Origin and History for outpatient

also out-patient, 1715, "person who is treated at a hospital but not admitted," from out + patient (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1879.

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outpatient in Medicine

outpatient out·pa·tient (out'pā'shənt)
A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that does not require an overnight stay.

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