/ (ˈhɑːtˌsɪŋk) /
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- a patient who repeatedly visits his or her doctor's surgery, often with multiple or non-specific symptoms, and whose complaints are impossible to treat
- (as modifier)heartsink patients
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Word Origin for heartsink
C20: so-called because the patient's appearance in the surgery makes the doctor's heart sink
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