Definition of patient noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪʃnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪʃnt//
    Hospitals, Injuries, Being ill
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  1. 1  a person who is receiving medical treatment, especially in a hospital cancer patients Wordfindercure, doctor, examine, medicine, patient, practice, prescribe, receptionist, specialist, surgeon See related entries: Hospitals, Injuries, Being ill
  2. 2  a 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
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin patient- ‘suffering’, from the verb pati.Extra examples A GP sees an average of 35 patients every day. He only takes private patients. Many patients present with conditions that cannot be easily diagnosed. Patients undergoing chemotherapy may be at a higher risk of infection. The patient has a severe heart condition. The patient was admitted to hospital yesterday. The patient was first diagnosed with malaria. These patients are responding well to the new drug. developments that will help surgical patients recover more quickly patients waiting to be discharged from hospital patients who have suffered a heart attack patients with liver disease A high proportion of their lung cancer patients had been heavy smokers. He made friends with another patient on the ward. She’s one of Dr Shaw’s patients.
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