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[in-pey-shuh nt] /ˈɪnˌpeɪ ʃənt/

a who stays in a hospital while receiving medical care or treatment.
a hospital patient who occupies a bed for at least one night in the course of treatment, examination, or observation Compare outpatient

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

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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