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).
Idioms about patient
having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
- pa·tient·less, adjective
- pa·tient·ly, adverb
- pa·tient·ness, noun
- o·ver·pa·tient, adjective
- quasi-patient, adjective
- qua·si-pa·tient·ly, adverb
- su·per·pa·tient, adjective
- su·per·pa·tient·ly, adverb
- un·pa·tient, adjective
- un·pa·tient·ly, adverb
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How to use patient in a sentence
For example, a patient may be allergic to an excipient in the newly refilled medicine with a different manufacturer.The ‘inactive' ingredients in your pills could harm you | By Yelena Ionova/The Conversation | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Eleven health care providers — seven doctors, four nurses, a patient councillor and an endocrinologist — participated in the training.Botswana group works to improve health care for trans, intersex people | Michael K. Lavers | September 14, 2020 | Washington Blade
An early look at 45 patients shows that people who did the nose rinses, either saline alone or saline with soap, got rid of their headaches and nose congestion about a week earlier than the people who didn’t use rinses.Treatments that target the coronavirus in the nose might help prevent COVID-19 | Laura Sanders | September 14, 2020 | Science News
Cardiac MRIs revealed signs of heart inflammation in 60 of these patients after their infection.College athletes show signs of possible heart injury after COVID-19 | Aimee Cunningham | September 11, 2020 | Science News
However, case-patients were more likely to have reported dining at a restaurant… in the 2 weeks before illness onset than were control-participants.There’s now even more evidence that restaurant dining sharply increases COVID spread | Sy Mukherjee | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
Doctors are prohibited from doing what a patient needs by rigid practice guidelines.
For the individual patient, there is the potential for side effects or adverse reactions.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis | Russell Saunders | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Dale Eisinger | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life.
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 | Russell Saunders | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“But this is not a case of attending a patient, Baron,” said David Arden, a little haughtily.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
But Yung Pak had long before learned to be patient under such circumstances.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Surely, since he had been patient so long without hope, he could be still more patient now that hope had dawned!Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
He glanced up and saw the face of the Bruder watching him with a smile of patient indulgence.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
He told how the Korean farmer lived a simple, patient life, while at the same time he was ignorant and superstitious.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for patient
enduring trying circumstances with even temper
capable of accepting delay with equanimity
persevering or diligent: a 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
- patiently, adverb
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