patient

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Etymology[edit]

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

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patient (comparative patienter or more patient, superlative patientest or most patient)

  1. Content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting.
    Be patient: your friends will arrive in a few hours.
  2. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent.
    patient endeavour
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      Whatever I have done is due to patient thought.
  3. (obsolete) Physically able to suffer or bear.
    • Bishop Fell
      patient of severest toil and hardship

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patient (plural patients)

  1. A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly): 
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic [] real kidneys [] . But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
  2. (linguistics, grammar) 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. One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
    • Gov. of Tongue
      Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate that often involves the agent and the patient.

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  • (linguistics, grammar): agent

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin patiens (suffering), the present active participle of patī (to suffer).

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  • IPA(key): /pasjɛnt/, [pʰaˈɕɛnˀd̥]

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patient c (singular definite patienten, plural indefinite patienter)

  1. patient (person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person)

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patient m (feminine patiente, masculine plural patients, feminine plural patientes)

  1. patient

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patient m (plural patients, feminine patiente)

  1. a patient, an outpatient

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patient c

  1. a patient

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