AskDefine | Define outpatient

Dictionary Definition

outpatient n : a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated [ant: inpatient]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of or pertaining to outpatients


  1. A patient who receives treatment at a hospital or clinic but is not admitted overnight


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

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