noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

Examples of outpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hospital, like others around the country, has managed to offset some of the loss in outpatient volume with telehealth. Bernard J. Wolfson, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus pandemic hurting pediatric hospitals, too," 16 May 2020 Survival for some of these patients will require not just excellent hospital care but also intensive outpatient and home care, in addition to a panoply of medications and procedures. Clifford Marks, Time, "COVID-19 Care Will Not End at Discharge—Government Help for the Uninsured Shouldn’t Either," 15 May 2020 But what about a doctor's office, hospital, or outpatient facility for non-coronavirus care? Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Is It Safe to Go to the Doctor’s Office For Non-COVID Care Right Now?," 15 May 2020 Ginsburg, 87, will return to the hospital over the next few weeks for outpatient followup and a nonsurgical procedure to remove the gallstone. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: May 7, 2020," 7 May 2020 Health care operations are not included in this list, though outpatient and other procedures were permitted to take place beginning Wednesday. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how the reopening schedules in Kentucky and Indiana line up," 6 May 2020 The number of patients who have fallen in this unit has risen exponentially in the past two weeks due to lack of training of outpatient nurses. Jaclyn O'halloran, STAT, "I’m a nurse in a Covid-19 unit. My hospital’s leaders frighten me more than the virus," 6 May 2020 Effective Friday, outpatient elective surgeries and medical procedures can resume. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "How Holcomb's plan to open Indiana compares to neighboring states," 1 May 2020 Leading indicators like daily COVID-19–related outpatient and emergency-room visits can now be monitored to provide an early warning system. Jeffrey D. Klausner, National Review, "Most States Can Safely Relax Some Coronavirus Restrictions," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outpatient was in 1715

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22 May 2020

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“Outpatient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpatient. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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