[in-pey-shuh nt]

Origin of inpatient

First recorded in 1750–60; in-1 + patient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a hospital patient who occupies a bed for at least one night in the course of treatment, examination, or observationCompare outpatient
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Word Origin and History for inpatient

1760 (n.); 1959 (adj.), from in + patient.

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inpatient in Medicine


  1. A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that requires at least one overnight stay.
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