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.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • patent — /ˈpeɪtnt / (say paytnt), /ˈpætnt/ (say patnt) noun 1. a government grant to an inventor, for a stated period of time, conferring a monopoly of the exclusive right to make, use, and vend an invention or discovery. 2. an invention, process, etc.,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • patent — [ pat(ə)nt, peɪt ] noun a government licence to an individual or body conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to make, use, or sell an invention. adjective peɪt(ə)nt 1》 easily recognizable; obvious. 2》 made and… …   English new terms dictionary

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