- a person who is under medical care or treatment.
- a person or thing that undergoes some action.
- Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
- bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
- characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
- quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
- undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
- patient of,
- having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
- susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
Origin of patient
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Related Wordsgentle, forgiving, tolerant, calm, quiet, inmate, case, victim, subject, sufferer, long-suffering, understanding, convalescent, emergency, invalid, shut-in, outpatient, accommodating, composed, enduring
Examples from the Web for patient
Doctors are prohibited from doing what a patient needs by rigid practice guidelines.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
This not only defrauds the state out of thousands of dollars, but also deprives the patient who needs the drugs.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
No trained medical provider could possibly expect to nourish a patient this way.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
Emergent procedures provide their benefit right away and have the awesome potential to rescue a patient from the brink of death.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
November 26, 2014
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people?
His face had a patient, expectant look, as if he waited for them to do something.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
"I feel my patient growing better," the doctor said, with satisfaction.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Vice was like hysterics—the more kindness you showed the worse grew the patient!Weighed and Wanting
The young man tried to be patient over her density in this time of crisis.Within the Law
- enduring trying circumstances with even temper
- tolerant; understanding
- capable of accepting delay with equanimity
- persevering or diligenta patient worker
- archaic admitting of a certain interpretation
- a person who is receiving medical care
- rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
Word Origin and History for patient
mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.
"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).
- One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.