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Out patient

Patient \Pa"tient\, n.

  1. 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.
    --Gov. of Tongue.

  2. A person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse.

    Like a physician, . . . seeing his patient in a pestilent fever.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    In patient, a patient who receives lodging and food, as treatment, in a hospital or an infirmary.

    Out patient, one who receives advice and medicine, or treatment, from an infirmary.