Definition of outpatient in English:

outpatient

noun

  • A patient who receives medical treatment without being admitted to a hospital.

    ‘attending a clinic as an outpatient’
    [as modifier] ‘treatment is done on an outpatient basis’
    • ‘He also told the meeting how there was scope to expand facilities at the hospital - both in outpatients and the range of surgery carried out.’
    • ‘The hospital authorities must know the number of staff on each shift and the average number of outpatients attending clinics.’
    • ‘Many children receive chemotherapy on an outpatient basis at a clinic or hospital.’
    • ‘All treatment is carried out in an outpatient clinic and you will not have to stay in hospital.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, she provided acupuncture treatment for outpatients.’
    • ‘We enter through what was once the busiest part of the hospital building, the outpatients department.’
    • ‘While most patients can be treated as outpatients, some need hospital care.’
    • ‘Of course they will because this is the approximate proportion that attend as outpatients and day cases at any acute general hospital.’
    • ‘An inpatient survey was held last January but this year outpatients and casualty patients are being including for the first time.’
    • ‘All women were outpatients attending six general medicine clinics from April to December 1998.’
    • ‘These treatments can be performed at an outpatients clinic and do not usually require an anaesthetic.’
    • ‘A charitable hospital provides free treatment to 800 outpatients at any given point of time.’
    • ‘In 2001 he restored free basic healthcare, and the number of hospital outpatients almost doubled.’
    • ‘It showed about 100 patients waiting at the outpatient clinic, most of them elderly.’
    • ‘There was no difference in success or complication rate between hospitalized patients and outpatients.’
    • ‘It can be performed in an outpatients clinic, allowing patients to return home the same day.’
    • ‘And in my normal outpatients clinic, most people arrive, clutching the hand of a loved one and then sit, chewing lips and fidgeting.’
    • ‘There are 30 beds and about 300 patients avail the services of the hospital through the outpatients wing.’
    • ‘The patients attended the outpatient clinic every three or four months as part of routine follow up.’
    • ‘This included an exhausting half hour walk from a nearby parking space to the reception area and thence to the outpatient clinic.’

Pronunciation:

outpatient

/ˈoutˌpāSHənt/