in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

Examples of inpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any child requiring inpatient COVID-19 now will be stabilized and sent to another hospital with a pediatric intensive care unit, according to the memo. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Kings Daughters hospital in Ashland getting overrun with COVID-19 surge," 18 Sep. 2020 Mouser was back in Anchorage, an inpatient at Charter North Hospital. Anchorage Daily News, "Her stepfather admitted to sexually abusing her. That wasn’t enough to keep her safe.," 18 Sep. 2020 Mia, an 18-year-old inpatient on a psychiatric ward, likes to pull pranks on her nurses. Daisy Schofield,, "Inside The Complex World Of ‘Psych Ward’ TikTok," 13 Sep. 2020 In the past couple of weeks, as cases continued to rise, some hospitals began scaling back on some elective cases with inpatient stays, including Yuma Regional Medical Center and two Dignity Health hospitals. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Banner Health activates surge plans as COVID-19 hospitalizations grow," 27 June 2020 The new facility, slated to open in 2023, will feature 10 inpatient and 12 outpatient operating rooms, an outpatient rehab gym, imaging, an auditorium for conferences and education, 66 outpatient exam rooms and up to 75 beds. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health to break ground on orthopedic hospital in November," 3 Sep. 2020 The rate of knee and hip replacements more than doubled from 2000 to 2015, according to inpatient discharge data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Fortune, "COVID-postponed joint replacements are costing U.S. health systems around $2 billion monthly," 6 Aug. 2020 Hospitalizations in inpatient and ICU beds and ventilators in use by COVID-19 patients rose on Monday to their highest reported levels since hospital data reporting began in early April. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports 3,653 more COVID-19 cases and 117 more deaths as hospitalizations continue to rise," 8 July 2020 Millinocket Regional Hospital said one female inpatient admission linked to the event had died during the early afternoon on Friday. Kayla Rivas, Fox News, "Coronavirus cases linked to Maine wedding reach jail, nursing home," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inpatient

1760, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2020

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“Inpatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inpatient

medical : a patient who stays for one or more nights in a hospital for treatment


in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

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