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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for patient

patient
[ pāshənt ]

n.

One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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