AskDefine | Define inpatient

Dictionary Definition

inpatient n : a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated [syn: inmate] [ant: outpatient]

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  1. A patient whose treatment needs at least one night's residence in a hospital


A patient whose treatment needs at least one night's residence in a hospital

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Extensive Definition

A patient is any person who receives medical attention, care, or treatment. The person is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician or other medical professional, although one who is visiting a physician for a routine check-up may also be viewed as a patient.

Alternative terminology

Due to concerns such as dignity and political correctness, the term patient is not always used to refer to a person receiving health care. Other terms that are sometimes used include health consumer, health care consumer or client. These may be used by governmental agencies, insurance companies, patient groups, or health care facilities (who may object to some implications of the word patient).
In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the term resident is generally used in lieu of patient. But it is not uncommon for staff members at such a facility to incorrectly use the term patient in reference to residents. Similarly, those receiving home health care are called clients.


Patient is derived from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb pati, meaning "one who endures" or "one who suffers". Patient is also the adjective form of patience. Both senses of the word share a common origin.
In itself the definition of patient doesn't imply suffering or passivity but the role it describes is often associated with the definitions of the adjective form: "enduring trying circumstances with even temper". * Clinical Pathway


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inpatient in Czech: Pacient
inpatient in Danish: Patient
inpatient in German: Patient
inpatient in Spanish: Paciente
inpatient in Basque: Paziente
inpatient in French: Patient
inpatient in Indonesian: Pasien
inpatient in Hebrew: חולה
inpatient in Latvian: Pacients
inpatient in Lithuanian: Pacientas
inpatient in Dutch: Patiënt
inpatient in Japanese: 患者
inpatient in Polish: Pacjent
inpatient in Portuguese: Paciente
inpatient in Russian: Пациент
inpatient in Quechua: Hampina
inpatient in Slovak: Pacient
inpatient in Finnish: Potilas
inpatient in Swedish: Patient
inpatient in Thai: ผู้ป่วย
inpatient in Chinese: 病人

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

addressee, apoplectic, arthritic, artist-in-residence, case, consumptive, denizen, dweller, dyspeptic, epileptic, habitant, house detective, incumbent, incurable, inhabitant, inhabiter, inmate, intern, invalid, live-in maid, locum tenens, occupant, occupier, outpatient, patient, residencer, resident, resident physician, residentiary, resider, rheumatic, shut-in, sick person, sojourner, spastic, sufferer, tenant, terminal case, the sick, valetudinarian
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