patient

[pey-shuhnt]
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noun
  1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.
  2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.
  3. Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
adjective
  1. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
  2. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
  3. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
  4. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
Idioms
  1. patient of,
    1. having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
    2. susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.

Origin of patient

1275–1325; Middle English pacient (adj. and noun) < Middle French < Latin patient- (stem of patiēns), present participle of patī to undergo, suffer, bear; see -ent
Related formspa·tient·less, adjectivepa·tient·ly, adverbpa·tient·ness, nouno·ver·pa·tient, adjectivequa·si-pa·tient, adjectivequa·si-pa·tient·ly, adverbsu·per·pa·tient, adjectivesu·per·pa·tient·ly, adverbun·pa·tient, adjectiveun·pa·tient·ly, adverb

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patient

adjective
  1. enduring trying circumstances with even temper
  2. tolerant; understanding
  3. capable of accepting delay with equanimity
  4. persevering or diligenta patient worker
  5. archaic admitting of a certain interpretation
noun
  1. a person who is receiving medical care
  2. rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
Derived Formspatiently, adverb

Word Origin for patient

C14: see patience
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Word Origin and History for patient
adj.

mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.

n.

"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

patient in Medicine

patient

[pāshənt]
n.
  1. One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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