The Collaborative International Dictionary
Patient \Pa"tient\, n.
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.
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.