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Definition of patient noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who is receiving medical treatment, especially in a hospital cancer patients
  2. 2a person who receives treatment from a particular doctor, dentist, etc. He's one of Dr. Shaw's patients.
  3. 3(grammar) the person or thing that is affected by the action of the verb. In the sentence “I started the car,” the patient is car. compare agent
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patient