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or out-pa·tient

[ out-pey-shuhnt ]


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


/ ˈaʊtˌpeɪʃənt /


  1. a nonresident hospital patient Compare inpatient

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Word History and Origins

Origin of outpatient1

First recorded in 1705–15; out- + patient

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Example Sentences

It’s a much larger effect than any that has been found for an outpatient Covid-19 treatment so far.

From Vox

Some trials were done in hospitalized people, others in outpatient settings.

Because the drug is administered in doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings, it will be included under Medicare Part B, which covers expensive intravenous drugs for cancer and other diseases.

A Baltimore pilot program for assisted outpatient treatment started in 2018.

The outpatient trial would be the latest in a series of studies, conducted with academia and industry, in NIH’s Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines program.

The request for outpatient medical services has been reviewed and has not been certified.

“Outpatient imaging actually subsidizes other medical departments,” Chris Sistrom, MD, MPH, Ph.D., told The Daily Beast.

Back in Liberia, Mosoka was summoned when an emergency arose at an outpatient clinic.

Administering chemotherapy in hospital outpatient settings is even more expensive, studies show.

He had just returned home after an outpatient procedure, said longtime companion Rhonda Ford, Cymonde's mother.

In the outpatient department a question arose about marriage.

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

The cornerstone of the health service is the polyclinic, which provides general and specialized outpatient aid and consultation.

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


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More About Outpatient

What does outpatient mean?

Outpatient is commonly used as an adjective to describe treatment that does not require a patient to stay overnight at a hospital or other care facility—they come and leave on the same day.

Outpatient is used in contrast with the term inpatient, which describes treatment that requires a patient to be admitted for at least one night.

The terms are especially used in phrases like outpatient procedure (after which the patient can leave, instead of staying for further observation or treatment), inpatient treatment (which requires the patient to stay overnight at the hospital), and inpatient room (where such patients stay).

Outpatient and inpatient are typically used in the context of hospitals, though inpatient can also refer to a patient who is admitted overnight at a mental health facility or other kind of clinic.

Both terms can also be used as nouns referring to such patients.

Example: I have an outpatient procedure scheduled for tomorrow morning, so I should be back home by the afternoon.

Where does outpatient come from?

The first records of the word outpatient come from the early 1700s. It’s a combination of the word patient, referring to someone receiving medical treatment, and the prefix out-, which indicates that the patient does not have to stay in the hospital or facility.

Patients are called outpatients if they’re in and out in the same day. On the other hand, patients are called inpatients as soon as they’re admitted for an overnight stay. But inpatients can stay for much longer than one night. Sometimes, inpatient care can take weeks or even months. For this reason, the word inpatient is often associated with treatment of more serious conditions, whereas outpatient treatment is more often associated with minor issues, as indicated by phrases like routine outpatient surgery. An outpatient clinic is a facility that does not admit patients overnight.

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How is outpatient used in real life?

Outpatient is often used in contrast with inpatient. It’s most often used in the context of treatment for minor medical issues.


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Is outpatient used correctly in the following sentence?

I was an outpatient, so I was back home the same day after my procedure.

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