[ pey-shuhnt ]
/ ˈpeɪ ʃənt /


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


Nearby words

  1. pathosis,
  2. paths,
  3. pathway,
  4. patiala,
  5. patience,
  6. patiently,
  7. patiki,
  8. patin,
  9. patina,
  10. patinaed


    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


/ (ˈpeɪʃənt) /



a person who is receiving medical care
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
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Medicine definitions for patient


[ pāshənt ]


One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.

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