heartsink

heartsink

(ˈhɑːtˌsɪŋk)
n
(Medicine)
a. a patient who repeatedly visits his or her doctor's surgery, often with multiple or non-specific symptoms, and whose complaints are impossible to treat
b. (as modifier): heartsink patients.
[C20: so-called because the patient's appearance in the surgery makes the doctor's heart sink]
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The responses to these questions were real heartsink moments.
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A heartsink patient frequently complains to doctors of persistent but unidentifiable ailments.