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Patient Defined


Updated January 21, 2012

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Definition: A patient is a person receiving medical or surgical care. A person does not need to be sick to be a patient, but most patients are ill, injured or in need of some type of treatment or therapy.

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Also Known As: patients,
Common Misspellings: patiens, patents, patiets, pacients, pasients,
The patient was asked to put on a hospital gown so he could be examined by a physician.
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