- a person who is under medical care or treatment.
- a person or thing that undergoes some action.
- Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
- bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
- characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
- quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
- undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
- patient of,
- having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
- susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
Origin of patient
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Examples from the Web for patients
Tribole tells her patients not to change what they eat but how.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
As I got better, I also got curious about what happened to other patients like me.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
On the one hand, patients may not understand that viruses are the cause of most cold symptoms this time of year.
On the other hand, patients may not perceive much downside to taking the medications, even if they may not help much.
Those who did so used their medical training not to care for patients, but to abet their abuse.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
The other patients avoid her, and it was some time before I noticed it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
We are channels through which truth must flow to our patients.The Bacillus of Beauty
My husband was a doctor, and I often went with him to see his patients.Hetty's Strange History
You will be asked for some, for I feel anxious about some of the patients.
Some other patients, whom one could not think of removing, also remained in the carriage.
- enduring trying circumstances with even temper
- tolerant; understanding
- capable of accepting delay with equanimity
- persevering or diligenta patient worker
- archaic admitting of a certain interpretation
- a person who is receiving medical care
- rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
Word Origin and History for patients
mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.
"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).
- One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.