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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Example sentences
The senator likely will then need weeks and maybe months of inpatient physical rehabilitation.
Otherwise, you will be admitted as an outpatient or an inpatient the morning of the procedure.
If you are considering an inpatient program, be sure to check it out thoroughly.
If you are an inpatient for some sort of medical or psychiatric condition, this counts.
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