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patient

1 noun
     
pa‧tient1 S2 W1 [countable]
someone who is receiving medical treatment from a doctor or in a hospital
WORD FOCUS: hospital WORD FOCUS: hospital
types of hospital: medical center American English (a big hospital)
maternity hospital
(for women who are having a baby)
mental hospital
/psychiatric hospital (for people who are mentally ill)
clinic
(for people receiving a particular kind of treatment)
hospice
(for people who are dying)
nursing home
(for old people)

parts of a hospital: A&E also casualty British English, emergency room American English, operating theatre British English/operating room American English, ward, unit

people in a hospital: doctor, nurse, surgeon, patient, orderly


See also
hospital

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