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Definition of Patent (adjective)

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Patent (adjective): Open, unobstructed, affording free passage.

Thus, for example, the bowel may be patent (as opposed to obstructed).

Pronounced "pa-tent" with the accent on the first syllable.

Reviewed on 12/12/2018

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