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Dictionary Definition

patient adj
1 enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance; "a patient smile"; "was patient with the children"; "an exact and patient scientist"; "please be patient" [ant: impatient]
2 enduring without protest or complaint


1 a person who requires medical care; "the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"
2 the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause [syn: affected role, patient role]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  1. Not losing one's temper while waiting; not bothered with having to wait; not unwilling to wait



Derived terms


not losing one's temper while waiting


  1. A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
someone who receives treatment from a doctor



  • /pa.sjɑ̃/
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  1. patient



  1. a patient, an outpatient

Extensive Definition

A patient is any person who receives medical attention, care, or treatment. The person is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician or other medical professional, although one who is visiting a physician for a routine check-up may also be viewed as a patient.

Alternative terminology

Due to concerns such as dignity and political correctness, the term patient is not always used to refer to a person receiving health care. Other terms that are sometimes used include health consumer, health care consumer or client. These may be used by governmental agencies, insurance companies, patient groups, or health care facilities (who may object to some implications of the word patient).
In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the term resident is generally used in lieu of patient. But it is not uncommon for staff members at such a facility to incorrectly use the term patient in reference to residents. Similarly, those receiving home health care are called clients.


Patient is derived from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb pati, meaning "one who endures" or "one who suffers". Patient is also the adjective form of patience. Both senses of the word share a common origin.
In itself the definition of patient doesn't imply suffering or passivity but the role it describes is often associated with the definitions of the adjective form: "enduring trying circumstances with even temper". * Clinical Pathway


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patient in Czech: Pacient
patient in Danish: Patient
patient in German: Patient
patient in Spanish: Paciente
patient in Basque: Paziente
patient in French: Patient
patient in Indonesian: Pasien
patient in Hebrew: חולה
patient in Latvian: Pacients
patient in Lithuanian: Pacientas
patient in Dutch: Patiënt
patient in Japanese: 患者
patient in Polish: Pacjent
patient in Portuguese: Paciente
patient in Russian: Пациент
patient in Quechua: Hampina
patient in Slovak: Pacient
patient in Finnish: Potilas
patient in Swedish: Patient
patient in Thai: ผู้ป่วย
patient in Chinese: 病人

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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