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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A patient who is outside a hospital, but receives medical aid from it.
  • n. A medical patient who receives treatment at a hospital, especially in an emergency room, but is not admitted to stay overnight. Distinguished from inpatient, who is assigned to a room to reside there while being treated.
  • n. one who receives advice and medicine, or treatment, from an infirmary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A patient not residing in a hospital, but receiving medical advice, etc., from the institution.

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

  • n. a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated

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