patient

adjective
pa·tient | \ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint

2 : manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain

3 : not hasty or impetuous

4 : steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

5a : able or willing to bear used with of

b : susceptible, admitting patient of one interpretation

patient

noun
pa·tient | \ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment cancer patients psychiatric patients

b : the recipient of any of various personal services

2 : one that is acted upon are agents as well as patients and observers in the world— C. H. Whiteley

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Other Words from patient

Adjective

patiently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patient

Synonyms: Adjective

forbearing, long-suffering, stoic (or stoical), tolerant, uncomplaining

Synonyms: Noun

case

Antonyms: Adjective

complaining, fed up, impatient, protesting

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Examples of patient in a Sentence

Adjective

To pry apart violent Islamic radicals, the United States has to become knowledgeable about internal cleavages and be patient in exploiting them. — Samantha Power, New York Times Book Review, 29 July 2007 I pack them into the compartment for a visit, pack till it's full far beyond capacity and weep with them, share with them my scanty bit of good fortune, tell them I care, tell them be patient, tell them I'm on their side … — John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, December 2003 There's no sense being patient with people who make you wait, because they'll only make you wait longer the next time. — Andrew A. Rooney, And More by Andy Rooney, (1979) 1982 I hate having to stand in long lines. I'm just not very patient. The teacher treated her students in a patient and understanding way. “Aren't you finished yet?” “Be patient. I'll be done soon.” Proofreading requires patient attention to detail. They put in years of patient labor on the project.

Noun

Several patients were waiting to see the doctor. the nurse asked the patient to change into a paper gown
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The other was a patient education and corralling of Trump by a handful of Republican legal elites. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Having a dentist who holds patient appreciation drawings and takes community outreach seriously is only one telephone call away. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Chelsea Laliberte, vice president for patient and family services at the Addiction Policy Forum, said the proposal is a step toward improving access to treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois seeks to expand Obamacare coverage of opioid addiction treatment, prevention," 5 July 2018 It was officially declared an Ebola outbreak on May 8, when lab testing done in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, confirmed that two patient samples had the virus. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 They also are accused of altering patient medical charts to cover up and conceal fraudulent billings for future health care audits. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Major crackdown on 'drug dealers in lab coats' nets Louisville doctors," 28 June 2018 Family is everything Jerisha gives praise to God for giving her guidance on balancing a family, school and her job as patient care technician in the trauma unit at Froedtert Hospital as well as a nurse intern. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fueled by a passion for nursing that started with her Barbies, she fought through teen pregnancy on her way to getting degree," 26 June 2018 Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act currently protects patient health information, laws can change and databases can be hacked. WSJ, "Should Doctors Routinely Talk to Patients About Gun Use?," 24 June 2018 This early gene therapy study involved just three patients—although, granted, trials for rare disorders like Duchenne muscular dystrophy have very limited patient pools. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Sarepta Stock Skyrocketed 40% Today," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That move came after the biotech giant and its Japanese partner Eisai announced promising clinical data for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Fear of Missing Out Drives Stock Performance," 13 July 2018 Wochit From Vitamin D and human embryonic stem cells to blood thinners and new treatment avenues for patients with Alzheimer's Disease, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been home to numerous scientific advances since its founding in 1849. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 An additional, smaller waiting room is designated for patients with an infectious disease. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "New county health center in Zion designed to meet 'the unmet needs of patients'," 9 July 2018 Once the ban goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, exceptions will be made for patients with prescriptions. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018 The numbers bear this out: In 2015, MIT economist Heidi Williams examined cancer clinical trial data between 1973 and 2011 and found that some 29,000 studies had centered on treatments for patients with late-stage and recurring cancers. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 For patients like Gaytan, the prospect of new medications to simplify and reduce the costs of her treatment is tantalizing. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 The other is that those innovative companies must be led by people intimately familiar with what is happening on the frontlines of care: doctors, nurses, and others who directly care for patients. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 For patients, Tai Chi has shown a reduction in falls and depression along with improving postural stability. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of patient

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for patient

Adjective

Middle English pacient, from Anglo-French, from Latin patient-, patiens, from present participle of pati to suffer; perhaps akin to Greek pēma suffering

Noun

see patient entry 1

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patient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people

: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying

patient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who receives medical care or treatment

patient

adjective
pa·tient | \ˈpā-shənt \

Kids Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to or showing the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person a patient response a patient teacher

Other Words from patient

patiently adverb

patient

noun

Kids Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person under medical care or treatment

patient

noun
pa·tient | \ˈpā-shənt \

Medical Definition of patient 

1 : a sick individual especially when awaiting or under the care and treatment of a physician or surgeon the hospital is equipped to handle 500 patients

2 : a client for medical service (as of a physician or dentist) a good practice with a large number of patients

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