Heartsink-patient definition

(informal, derogatory) A recurring patient who cannot be definitively cured, such as one whose condition is undiagnosable or untreatable or who presents nebulous symptoms.
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Noun

Singular:
heartsink-patient
Plural:
heartsink-patients

Origin of heartsink-patient

  • From the idea that the patient's approach makes the doctor's heart sink in dread.

    From Wiktionary