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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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4797
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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