Definition of heartsink patient in English:

heartsink patient

Line breaks: heart|sink pa|tient

noun

British informal
(Among doctors) a patient who makes frequent visits to a surgery, complaining of persistent but unidentifiable ailments.
More example sentences
  • I recognised my scrawl and wondered if I had written this in desperation for something to do for another heartsink patient.
  • Because such patients may evoke despair, anger, and frustration in doctors, they may be referred to as ‘heartsink patients,’ ‘difficult patients,’ ‘fat folder patients,’ and ‘chronic complainers.’
  • Imagine inviting your heartsink patients home for dinner.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day ween
Pronunciation: wēn
verb
be of the opinion; think or suppose