Definition of Patient

1. Noun. A person who requires medical care. "The number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"

2. Adjective. Enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance. "Please be patient"

3. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Affected Role, Patient Role
Generic synonyms: Participant Role, Semantic Role

Definition of Patient

1. a. Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear.

2. n. ONe who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.

3. v. t. To compose, to calm.

Definition of Patient

1. Adjective. content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting; not bothered with having to wait; not unwilling to wait ¹

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

3. Noun. (linguistics grammar) The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action. ¹

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Definition of Patient

1. able to endure disagreeable circumstances without complaint [adj -TIENTER, -TIENTEST] / one who is under medical treatment [n -S]

Medical Definition of Patient

1. 1. A person who is receiving medical treatment, especially in a hospital. 2. A person who is registered with a doctor, dentist, etc and is treated by him when necessary. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Patient

patience is a virtue
patience of Job
patient (current term)
patient-centreed care
patient acceptance of health care
patient admission
patient advocacy
patient care
patient care management
patient care planning
patient care team
patient compliance
patient controlled analgesia
patient credit and collection
patient discharge
patient education
patient escort service

Literary usage of Patient

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1898)
"The wound was treated with bread poultices and then dressed with iodoform and did not cause any uneasiness to the patient. On her return to Oxford there was ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1901)
"In the matter of prophylaxis, for instance, intelligent co-operation can only be given when the patient knows wherein the danger lies. ..."

3. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman, Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) (1902)
"The patient is placed on the table, cither in the dorsal or Syms ... The patient is then given a soap-sud enema and told to strain hard and expel it. ..."

4. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"The, elector is told, in turn, of the patient's reactions and fatigue under ... Each process must he adapted to the patient's particular kind and degree of ..."

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