What does patient mean?

Definitions for patient
ˈpeɪ ʃəntpa·tient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patientnoun

    a person who requires medical care

    "the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"

  2. affected role, patient role, patientadjective

    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

  3. patientadjective

    enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance

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


  1. patientnoun

    A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.

  2. patientnoun

    The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.

    The subject of a passive verb is usually a patient.

  3. patientadjective

    content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting; not bothered with having to wait; not unwilling to wait

  4. Etymology: From patiens, present participle of pati; akin to Greek πάσχειν; see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pē(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pē(i)- 792].

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Patientadjective

    Etymology: patient, Fr. patiens, Latin.

    Wheat, which is the best sort of grain, of which the purest bread is made, is patient of heat and cold. John Ray.

    Be patient, and I will stay. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Griev’d, but unmov’d, and patient of your scorn,
    I die. John Dryden, Theocritus.

    Warn them that are unruly, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 1 Thessalonians v. 14.

    Too industrious to be great,
    Not patient to expect the turns of fate,
    They open’d camps deform’d by civil fight. Matthew Prior.

  2. Patientnoun

    Etymology: patient, Fr.

    Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate, that it often involves the agent and the patient. Gov. of the Tongue.

    To proper patients he kind agents brings,
    In various leagues binds disagreeing things. Thomas Creech.

    Action and passion are modes which belong to substances: when a smith with a hammer strikes a piece of iron, the hammer and the smith are both agents or subjects of action; the one supreme, and the other subordinate: the iron is the patient or the subject of passion, in a philosophical sense, because it receives the operation of the agent. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    You deal with me like a physician, that seeing his patient in a pestilent fever, should chide instead of administring help, and bid him be sick no more. Philip Sidney.

    Through ignorance of the disease, through unreasonableness of the time, instead of good he worketh hurt, and out of one evil throweth the patient into many miseries. Edmund Spenser.

    A physician uses various methods for the recovery of sick persons; and though all of them are disagreeable, his patients are never angry. Addison.

    Nor will the raging fever’s fire abate
    With golden canopies or beds of state;
    But the poor patient will as soon be sound
    On the hard matress or the mother ground. Dryden.

  3. To Patientverb

    To compose one’s self; to behave with patience. Obsolete.

    Etymology: patienter, Fr.

    Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me. William Shakespeare.


  1. Patient

    A patient is any recipient of health care services that are performed by healthcare professionals. The patient is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician, nurse, optometrist, dentist, veterinarian, or other health care provider.


  1. patient

    A patient can be defined as an individual who seeks or is receiving medical care or treatment from a healthcare professional or institution. A patient typically presents symptoms, disabilities, or health concerns and seeks assistance, diagnosis, treatment, or management of their condition. They may undergo various medical procedures, receive medication, therapies, or interventions, with the goal of improving their health or managing their illness or injury. A patient is often expected to actively participate in their own care by providing information, following medical advice, and complying with prescribed treatments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patientadjective

    having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear

  2. Patientadjective

    undergoing pains, trails, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against trouble; long-suffering

  3. Patientadjective

    constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent; as, patient endeavor

  4. Patientadjective

    expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed

  5. Patientadjective

    forbearing; long-suffering

  6. Patientnoun

    oNe who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient

  7. Patientnoun

    a person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse

  8. Patientverb

    to compose, to calm

  9. Etymology: [F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, p. pr. of pati to suffer. Cf. Pathos, Passion.]


  1. Patient

    A patient is any recipient of health care services. The patient is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, veterinarian, or other health care provider. The word patient originally meant 'one who suffers'. This English noun comes from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb, patior, meaning 'I am suffering,' and akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν and its cognate noun πάθος.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. patient

    A sick, injured, wounded, or other person requiring medical and/or dental care or treatment.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patient is ranked #39419 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Patient surname appeared 558 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Patient.

    79.5% or 444 total occurrences were White.
    7.8% or 44 total occurrences were Black.
    5.3% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.5% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1480

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3281

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Nouns Frequency: #128

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Adjectives Frequency: #822

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patient in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of patient in a Sentence

  1. Harlan Krumholz:

    But whether, on average, women are better in doing that than men is not known, meanwhile, we should spend our time ensuring that no patient is missed, regardless of who their doctor is.

  2. Jane Dacre:

    AI to support patient care is being developed in a variety of ways and has huge potential to support doctors and enable them to spend more time with patients, although this technology is exciting, the physician still holds the crucial role of the oversight of the vital human and caring side of medicine -- an aspect of care that can not be underestimated.

  3. Diane Derzis:

    I will tell you that any patient who contacts us, we'll see them. We'll make sure we see them during that 10 days, a woman should not have to leave the state to obtain medical care.

  4. Jody Culham:

    This work may be the richest characterization ever conducted of a single patient’s visual system, she has shown this very profound recovery of vision, based on her perception of motion.

  5. Ahmedin Jemal:

    First the surgeons have to have this discussion with the patient.

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