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patient

[ pey-shuhnt ]
/ ˈpeɪ ʃənt /
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noun

a person who is under medical care or treatment.
a person or thing that undergoes some action.
Archaic. a sufferer or victim.

adjective

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Idioms for patient

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for patient

patient
/ (ˈpeɪʃənt) /

adjective

noun

a person who is receiving medical care
rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action

Derived forms of patient

patiently, adverb

Word Origin for patient

C14: see patience
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Medical definitions for patient

patient
[ pāshənt ]

n.

One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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