or out-pa·tient

[out-pey-shuh nt]


a patient who receives treatment at a hospital, as in an emergency room or clinic, but is not hospitalized.

Origin of outpatient

First recorded in 1705–15; out- + patient
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Related Words for outpatient

inmate, case, victim, subject, sufferer, convalescent, emergency, invalid, shut-in

Examples from the Web for outpatient

Contemporary Examples of outpatient

Historical Examples of outpatient

  • In the outpatient department a question arose about marriage.

  • Your condition may be too serious to be treated appropriately on an outpatient basis.

  • She began the day in the Outpatient Department, and a poor woman came with a child that had bitten its tongue.

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British Dictionary definitions for outpatient



a nonresident hospital patientCompare inpatient
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Word Origin and History for outpatient

also out-patient, 1715, "person who is treated at a hospital but not admitted," from out + patient (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1879.

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outpatient in Medicine




A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that does not require an overnight stay.
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