• A physician bleeding a patient. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A physician bleeding a patient. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj patient 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"
    • n patient 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
    • n patient a person who requires medical care "the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many cancer patients that are treated with chemotherapy lose their hair. For some when the hair grows back, it can grow back a different colour, or be curly or straight
    • Patient A person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse. "Like a physician, . . . seeing his patient in a pestilent fever."
    • Patient Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent; as, patient endeavor. "Whatever I have done is due to patient thought."
    • Patient Expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed. "Not patient to expect the turns of fate."
    • Patient Forbearing; long-suffering. "Be patient toward all men."
    • Patient Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear. "Patient of severest toil and hardship."
    • Patient One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient. "Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate that it often involves the agent and the patient ."
    • v. t Patient To compose, to calm. "Patient yourself, madam."
    • Patient Undergoing pains, trials, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against trouble; long-suffering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year, surgical tools are left in approximately 1,500 patients in the USA. Fatter patients are more prone to having a surgical tool left inside of them due to the additional amount of space in their bodies
    • patient Enduring; physically able to support or endure; having such a bodily constitution as enables one to endure or to be proof against: followed by of before the thing endured: as, patient of labor or pain; patient of heat or cold.
    • patient Having or manifesting that temper or east of mind which endures pain, trial, provocation, or the like without murmuring or fretfulness; sustaining afflictions or evils with fortitude, calmness, or submission; full of composure or equanimity; submissive; unrepining: as, a patient person, or a person of patient temper; patient under afflictions.
    • patient Waiting or expecting with calmness or without discontent; not hasty; not over-eager or impetuous.
    • patient Persevering; constant in pursuit or exertion; calmly diligent.
    • patient Capable of bearing; susceptible.
    • patient Synonyms Uncomplaining, unrepining, long-suffering, brave.
    • patient Assiduous, indefatigable.
    • n patient A person or thing that receives impressions from external agents; one who or that which is passively affected: opposed to agent.
    • n patient A sufferer.
    • n patient Specifically A sufferer under bodily indisposition undergoing medical treatment: commonly used as a correlative to physician or nurse.
    • n patient Agent and patient. See agent.
    • patient Reflexively, to compose (one's self); be patient.
    • patient Receiving impressions; being the subject of external agents; passive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first human heart transplant happened on December 3, 1967. Unfortunately the patient only lived for eighteen days, succumbing in the end to pneumonia
    • adj Patient sustaining pain, &c., without repining: not easily provoked: not in a hurry: persevering: expecting with calmness: long-suffering
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “What I call a good patient is one who, having found a good physician, sticks to him till he dies.”
  • Ovid
    “Bear patiently with a rival.”
  • Lord Mansfield
    Lord Mansfield
    “God help the patient.”
  • Plaut
    “A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble.”
  • Dame Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Sitwell
    “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A patient man is one who can put up with himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, p. pr. of pati, to suffer. Cf. Pathos Passion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. patentiapatienspati, to bear.


In literature:

Coughing is generally that symptom which soonest attracts the attention of the patient and his surroundings.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
He is not a master who gives orders, but a friend, a guide, who leads the patient step by step on the road to health.
"Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion" by Emile Coué
I hope you are going to be patient.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
While they were searching in other parts of the room I directed my attention to the position and appearance of my late patient.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
We must be patient and wait.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Finally a pledget of dry cotton should be loosely packed into the ear passage, and worn by the patient for twelve or twenty-four hours.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The sombre dawn had broken by this time, and by its light Beth saw the shadow of death come creeping over the delicate patient face.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Thus the age of the patient is of importance.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
They waited patiently, however, and at length their patient waiting was rewarded.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
If the patient seems drowsy, suspect opium and keep patient awake at all costs till the doctor arrives.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

All own; but few, alas! will love;
Too like the recreant band
That with Thy patient spirit strove
Upon the Red-sea strand.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
I stood upon a mountain bare,
And night had wedded glorious Day,
Oh, tell me what has chanced here
That thou can'st wait so patiently?
"The King And The Mountain" by R S Ward
Yes, my love, I will be patient!
Firm and bold my heart shall be:
Fear not — though this life is dreary,
I can bear it well for thee.
"Power of Love" by Anne Bronte
And, calm and patient, Nature keeps
Her ancient promises well,
Though o'er her bloom and greenness sweeps,
The battle's breath of hell.
"The Battle Autumn of 1862" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I will wait for you (gaze -to ground,
Teeth to lips. Stupor. Stone).
Patiently, as one prolongs bliss,
Patiently, as one strings beads.
""Patiently, as one grinds gravel"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The second, with low patient brows
Bound under aspen-coloured boughs
And eyes made strong and grave with sleep
And yet too weak to weep—
"The Year of Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and if necessary, delegating patient care for a specified group of patients.
She found that the missing component of today's health care system is time — for doctors to care for patients, and for patients to heal.
In addition to clinical textbooks and journals, MD Consult has more than 15,000 patient education handouts that you can print and distribute to your patients.
This section looks at enabling technologies, such as patient portals and personal health records that are designed for direct use by patients.
Patient-centered, accountable care and pay-for-performance reimbursements are converging to create a unique environment for payers, providers and patients alike.
Inspections after bloody patient-on-patient attack reveal multiple safety breaches.
A therapist reflects on her time with patients, and her time as a patient.
To make matters worse, even patients are getting into the act, with an increasing number of them embracing their role as "empowered patients" to remind you that it is they who are the decision makers of last resort, not their physicians.
Dealing with patients struggling with dementia can be frustrating for the caregiver and the patient.
Patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes were included in all but 1 study, in which all patients had type 2 diabetes .
Doctors who order tests for hospital patients don't always read the results before the patient is discharged , raising the risk of missing potentially dangerous conditions, an Australian study found.
A North County physician faces discipline for revealing intimate details about a patient, and sexual misconduct with two female patients.
Hamblin said the clinic is following all reporting rules, but because of patient privacy concerns cannot legally disclose the patient's name or employer to the county.
Joseph 's cares for more than 1,000 oncology patients each year, including breast cancer patients and those with other forms of the disease.
In the vast majority of patients the leak heals as any tissue would heal and as the lung heals the air leak resolves and the patient goes home and lives their life naturally.

In science:

Jibladze, the author of Proposition 4.1, for being a patient listener.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
They provide a generic framework for managing image and patient data.
MammoGrid: A Service Oriented Architecture based Medical Grid Application
MCI patients have a number of problems with time including perception and instruments for management such as calendars.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
MCI patients have a number of problems with time including perception and instruments for management such as calendars.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
We attribute this footnote to him and thank him for the patient explanations of [D-F] to us. 2See [D-K-L] for a review and more references.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint