Medical Definition of Patent (adjective)

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.

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Reviewed on 12/12/2018