[ in-pey-shuh nt ]
/ ˈɪnˌpeɪ ʃənt /


a patient who stays in a hospital while receiving medical care or treatment.

Origin of inpatient

First recorded in 1750–60; in-1 + patient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inpatient


/ (ˈɪnˌpeɪʃənt) /


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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Medicine definitions for inpatient


[ ĭnpā′shənt ]


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