outpatient [out′pā΄shənt]
a patient who is treated at a hospital, clinic, etc. and leaves without becoming an inpatient

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  • outpatient — (n.) 1715, person who is treated at a hospital but not admitted, from OUT (Cf. out) + PATIENT (Cf. patient) (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1879 …   Etymology dictionary

  • outpatient — ► NOUN ▪ a patient attending a hospital for treatment without staying overnight …   English terms dictionary

  • outpatient — [[t]a͟ʊtpeɪʃənt[/t]] outpatients also out patient N COUNT: oft N n An outpatient is someone who receives treatment at a hospital but does not spend the night there. ...the outpatient clinic... She received psychiatric care as an outpatient. Ant:… …   English dictionary

  • outpatient — UK [ˈaʊtˌpeɪʃ(ə)nt] / US noun [countable] Word forms outpatient : singular outpatient plural outpatients someone who receives medical treatment at a hospital, but who does not stay there for the night an outpatient clinic/department See:… …   English dictionary

  • outpatient — noun Outpatient is used before these nouns: ↑appointment, ↑care, ↑clinic, ↑department, ↑programme, ↑surgery, ↑treatment Outpatient is used after these nouns: ↑hospital …   Collocations dictionary

  • outpatient — out|pa|tient [ˈautˌpeıʃənt] n someone who goes to a hospital for treatment but does not stay for the night →↑inpatient ▪ an outpatient clinic ▪ a routine examination in outpatients (=the outpatient department of a hospital) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Outpatient — A patient who is not an inpatient (not hospitalized), but instead comes to a doctor’s office, clinic, or day surgery for treatment). Outpatient care is called ambulatory care. * * * A patient treated in a hospital dispensary or clinic instead of… …   Medical dictionary

  • outpatient — out|pa|tient [ aut,peıʃnt ] noun count someone who receives medical treatment at a hospital, but does not stay there for the night: an outpatient clinic/department ─ compare INPATIENT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Outpatient commitment — refers to mental health law that allows the compulsory, community based treatment of individuals with mental illness. In the United States the term assisted outpatient treatment or AOT is often used and refers to a process whereby a judge orders… …   Wikipedia

  • Outpatient surgery — Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery, same day surgery or day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may go home and do not need an… …   Wikipedia

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