patient

[pey-shuhnt]
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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


Idioms

    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
Related formspa·tient·less, adjectivepa·tient·ly, adverbpa·tient·ness, nouno·ver·pa·tient, adjectivequa·si-pa·tient, adjectivequa·si-pa·tient·ly, adverbsu·per·pa·tient, adjectivesu·per·pa·tient·ly, adverbun·pa·tient, adjectiveun·pa·tient·ly, adverb

Synonyms for patient

Antonyms for patient

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British Dictionary definitions for patientless

patient

adjective

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

noun

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 patientless

patient

adj.

mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.

patient

n.

"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for patientless

patient

[pāshənt]

n.

One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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