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PATIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patient mean? 

PATIENT (noun)
  The noun PATIENT has 2 senses:

1. a person who requires medical care
2. 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

  Familiarity information: PATIENT used as a noun is rare.


PATIENT (adjective)
  The adjective PATIENT has 2 senses:

1. enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
2. enduring without protest or complaint

  Familiarity information: PATIENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATIENT (noun)


Sense 1patient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who requires medical care

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly

Hypernyms ("patient" is a kind of...):

case (a person requiring professional services)

diseased person; sick person; sufferer (a person suffering from an illness)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patient"):

alexic (a person with alexia)

vaccinee (a patient who has been vaccinated)

outpatient (a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated)

inmate; inpatient (a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated)

index case (the earliest documented case of a disease that is included in an epidemiological study)

hypotensive (a person who has abnormally low blood pressure)

hypochondriac (a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments)

hypertensive (a person who has abnormally high blood pressure)

arthritic (a person afflicted with arthritis)

analysand (a person undergoing psychoanalysis)

Holonyms ("patient" is a member of...):

doctor-patient relation (the responsibility of a physician to act in the best interests of the patient)

nurse-patient relation (the responsibility of a nurse to act in the best interests of the patient)


Sense 2patient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

affected role; patient role; patient

Hypernyms ("patient" is a kind of...):

participant role; semantic role (an entity realized by a noun or noun phrase in a clause or sentence)


PATIENT (adjective)


Sense 1patient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance

Context examples:

a patient smile / was patient with the children / an exact and patient scientist / please be patient

Similar:

unhurried (capable of accepting delay with equanimity)

patient of; tolerant (showing the capacity for endurance)

forbearing; longanimous (showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment)

enduring; long-suffering (patiently enduring continual wrongs or trouble)

diligent; persevering (quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness)

Also:

uncomplaining (not complaining)

tolerant (showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others)

Antonym:

impatient (restless or short of temper under delay or opposition)


Sense 2patient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enduring without protest or complaint

Similar:

uncomplaining (not complaining)


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