patient

adjective
pa·​tient | \ ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce patient (audio) \

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 How to pronounce patient (audio) \

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, kvetching, kvetchy, 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

Medicare doesn’t provide patient care as public health-care systems in other countries do. WSJ, "Taking the Temperature of Medicare for All," 3 Apr. 2019 Last year, Microsoft launched a new health care division that plans to focus on using artificial intelligence to improve patient care. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records," 27 Nov. 2018 Dialysis services company DaVita surged after California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have capped dialysis clinics’ profits in an effort to improve patient care. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms," 7 Nov. 2018 In other words, a patient population this large is going to have a lot going on other than sepsis, and a lot of it will influence the results of any treatments, so the signal from effective treatments is going to be small and hard to spot. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis," 27 Oct. 2018 Those with weakened immune systems are among the patient population considered most at-risk, as well as infants, people over 65, and those with chronic ailments. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Wimbledon champ Ken Flach's widow speaks out on tennis great's sepsis death," 25 Sep. 2018 But doctors around the country say the latest shortages are more directly affecting patient care. Katie Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "Drug shortages said to be worsening," 2 July 2018 But doctors around the country say the latest shortages are more directly affecting patient care. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It," 1 July 2018 Such shortages steal time from patient care, increase hospitals' costs and affect just about every department, including operating rooms, emergency departments and cancer clinics. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Spinal fusion surgery is offered to patients with a severe curve of 50 degrees and above, but my curves, both of which measured at 28 degrees, are considered moderate. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 Now, with the help of SameYou, hopefully many more patients with brain injuries will be able to get the kind of care Clarke received. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering From Brain Injuries, and Then Announces Her New Charity, SameYou," 21 Mar. 2019 Ethel and Betty break out of the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, bringing dozens of other patients with them. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 Doctors and patients need to be aware of the possibility for increased health risks for transgender women. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy," 9 July 2018 At a hospital, officials used helicopters to rescue patients and staff members, with babies and children being pulled to safety first. New York Times, "‘Battle Against Time’: Japan Floods Leave Dozens Seeking Rescue," 8 July 2018 At a Kurashiki hospital, officials used helicopters to rescue patients and staff members, with babies and children being pulled to safety first. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 85 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 8 July 2018 Planned Parenthood has long been a leader in providing comprehensive reproductive health care to patients who need it. Anna North, Vox, "Planned Parenthood is facing criticism for its treatment of pregnant workers," 21 Dec. 2018 Instead, at least 200 forensic rape examinations conducted by the health care providers were billed to patients or their insurance companies. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 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 and Noun

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

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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 How to pronounce patient (audio) \

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 How to pronounce patient (audio) \

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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