a patient who stays in a hospital while receiving medical care or treatment.

1750–60; in-1 + patient Unabridged
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inpatient (ˈɪnˌpeɪʃənt)
Compare outpatient a hospital patient who occupies a bed for at least one night in the course of treatment, examination, or observation

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inpatient in·pa·tient (ĭn'pā'shənt)
A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that requires at least one overnight stay.

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