patient ( patients plural )
1 n-count A patient is a person who is receiving medical treatment from a doctor or hospital. A patient is also someone who is registered with a particular doctor.
The earlier the treatment is given, the better the patient's chances..., He specialized in treatment of cancer patients.
2 adj If you are patient, you stay calm and do not get annoyed, for example when something takes a long time, or when someone is not doing what you want them to do.
, (Antonym: impatient)
Please be patient<endash>your cheque will arrive..., He was endlessly kind and patient with children.
patiently adv ADV with v She waited patiently for Frances to finish.
in-patient ( in-patients plural ) , inpatient An in-patient is someone who stays in hospital while they receive their treatment. n-count
In-patient is also an adjective., adj ADJ n
...inpatient hospital care.
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