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 Dane County contracts with 15 different nonprofit agencies to provide care, both inpatient and in the community. Meg Kissinger,, 31 Aug. 2021 The Cabot Emergency Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Federal attorneys say this resulted in the hospital making false claims for inpatient services not covered by Medicare. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 When Rather questioned him about his $100,000 annual income, a combination of his PDAP salary and payments from a company that ran hospitals where PDAP referred teenagers for inpatient treatment, Meehan grinned. Longreads, 12 Aug. 2021 The judge ordered Revel into the custody of the state Department of Mental Health for inpatient treatment at Tyler Hardin Secure Facility in Tuscaloosa once a bed opens up. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 14 May 2021 One study has shown about a third of patients relapse within three months of completing inpatient treatment, although results improve for patients who completed longer-term courses of treatment. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Deductible-free inpatient treatment for covid through Aetna expired Feb. 28. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2021 Nonprofit insurers in 2020 provided more than $1 billion in premium relief and cost-sharing waivers related to COVID-19 testing and inpatient treatment, according to the trade group. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of inpatient

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inpatient was in 1760

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“Inpatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inpatient

: 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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