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[out-pey-shuh nt] /ˈaʊtˌpeɪ ʃənt/
a patient who receives treatment at a hospital, as in an emergency room or clinic, but is not hospitalized.
Also, out-patient.
Origin of outpatient
1705-15; out- + patient Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outpatient
  • Imagine: you go to an outpatient clinic they install two shunts.
  • But by age five, after extensive outpatient therapy, she had recovered her faculties completely.
  • The hospital's visiting-nurse liaison would help us by making arrangements for outpatient nursing care.
  • One method is outpatient chemotherapy: injections of single drugs given in the clinic once every week or two.
  • For that reason, no one thought it necessary to include an outpatient prescription drug benefit in the program.
  • Tubal ligation is done in a hospital or outpatient clinic.
  • Most procedures can be easily done in outpatient medical offices or your doctor's office.
  • It may be performed in a surgeon's office, a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center.
  • Overwhelmed with emergency cases, its outpatient department is closed.
  • The health care provider can remove polyps during a simple, outpatient procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for outpatient


a nonresident hospital patient Compare inpatient
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Word Origin and History for outpatient

also out-patient, 1715, "person who is treated at a hospital but not admitted," from out + patient (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1879.

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outpatient in Medicine

outpatient out·pa·tient (out'pā'shənt)
A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that does not require an overnight stay.

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