heartsink

/ (ˈhɑːtˌsɪŋk) /

noun

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)heartsink patients

Nearby words

  1. heartrending,
  2. hearts,
  3. hearts and flowers,
  4. heartsease,
  5. heartsick,
  6. heartsome,
  7. heartsomely,
  8. heartsore,
  9. heartstopper,
  10. heartstrings

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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