Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness.
  • adj. Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance.
  • adj. Tolerant; understanding: an unfailingly patient leader and guide.
  • adj. Persevering; constant: With patient industry, she revived the failing business and made it thrive.
  • adj. Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.
  • adj. Capable of bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance: "My uncle Toby was a man patient of injuries” ( Laurence Sterne).
  • n. One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
  • n. Linguistics A noun or noun phrase identifying one that is acted upon or undergoes an action. Also called goal.
  • n. Archaic One who suffers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting; not bothered with having to wait; not unwilling to wait
  • n. A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
  • n. The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear.
  • adj. Undergoing pains, trials, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against trouble; long-suffering.
  • adj. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent.
  • adj. Expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed.
  • adj. Forbearing; long-suffering.
  • n. One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
  • n. A person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse.
  • transitive v. To compose, to calm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Enduring; physically able to support or endure; having such a bodily constitution as enables one to endure or to be proof against: followed by of before the thing endured: as, patient of labor or pain; patient of heat or cold.
  • Having or manifesting that temper or east of mind which endures pain, trial, provocation, or the like without murmuring or fretfulness; sustaining afflictions or evils with fortitude, calmness, or submission; full of composure or equanimity; submissive; unrepining: as, a patient person, or a person of patient temper; patient under afflictions.
  • Waiting or expecting with calmness or without discontent; not hasty; not over-eager or impetuous.
  • Persevering; constant in pursuit or exertion; calmly diligent.
  • Capable of bearing; susceptible.
  • Synonyms Uncomplaining, unrepining, long-suffering, brave.
  • Assiduous, indefatigable.
  • n. A person or thing that receives impressions from external agents; one who or that which is passively affected: opposed to agent.
  • n. A sufferer.
  • n. Specifically A sufferer under bodily indisposition undergoing medical treatment: commonly used as a correlative to physician or nurse.
  • n. Agent and patient. See agent.
  • Reflexively, to compose (one's self); be patient.
  • Receiving impressions; being the subject of external agents; passive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who requires medical care
  • adj. enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
  • n. the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Etymologies

Middle English pacient, from Old French, from Latin patiēns, patient-, present participle of patī, to endure; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin patiens, present participle of pati ("to suffer, endure"); akin to Greek πάσχειν (paskhein, "to suffer"); see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pē(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pē(i)- 792]. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have to say that two female neurosurgeons talking about their patient *as their patient* rather than as a man would not be a fail to me, although I'm not sure whether I'm saying it wouldn't fail the rule or just wouldn't in general bother me.

    Something besides a man

  • She was being patient -- _patient_, poor lamb, and only God himself knew how she cried when she was left alone in her white bed, the door closed between her and all the house.

    Robin

  • "One cannot understand how a compounder can diagnose and administer an injection to a patient& It appears that Sangupani complained to the compounder that he was having chest pain and the compounder keeping in mind that on earlier occasions the doctor prescribed Deriphyllin injection, administered it to the patient.

    The Times of India

  • The term patient care episode represents the sum of two numbers: resident hospitalized patients at the beginning of the year or those on the active role of outpatient clinics; and admissions during the year.

    The Mad Among Us

  • The title patient produced 16 personalities before she was through, and became a national phenomenon.

    Multiple Personality Deception

  • Obviously, the split-brain patient is not acting normally, however.

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  • The determining factor in deciding whether to try a new approach with a patient is the risk/benefit equation.

    Mark Hyman, MD: Is There a Cure for Autoimmune Disease?

  • Inevitably, the patient is a launching board to explore something about one or more of the regular cast.

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  • Of course, none of the above applies if the patient is a minor, has been adjudicated incompetent, or has designated a health care power of attorney.

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  • Ipecac and cathartic administration may not be required if the patient is already experiencing vomiting and diarrhea.

    Colchicine Poisoning

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