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[in-pey-shuh nt] /ˈɪnˌpeɪ ʃənt/
a patient who stays in a hospital while receiving medical care or treatment.
Origin of inpatient
1750-60; in-1 + patient Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for inpatient


a hospital patient who occupies a bed for at least one night in the course of treatment, examination, or observation Compare outpatient
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Word Origin and History for inpatient

1760 (n.); 1959 (adj.), from in + patient.

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inpatient in Medicine

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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