adjective clin·i·cal \ˈkli-ni-kəl\

: relating to or based on work done with real patients : of or relating to the medical treatment that is given to patients in hospitals, clinics, etc.

: requiring treatment as a medical problem

: of or relating to a place where medical treatment is given : of or relating to a clinic

Full Definition of CLINICAL

:  of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: as
a :  involving direct observation of the patient
b :  based on or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms
:  analytical or coolly dispassionate
clin·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of CLINICAL

  1. Both experimental and clinical evidence show that the treatment is effective.
  2. She enjoys her clinical practice but is looking forward to working in a laboratory.
  3. Three hundred patients were involved in the clinical study.

First Known Use of CLINICAL

circa 1728

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with CLINICAL

Medical Dictionary


adjective clin·i·cal \ˈklin-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of CLINICAL

:  of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: as a :  involving or concerned with the direct observation and treatment of living patients <engaged in full-time clinical practice> <clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology> b :  of, relating to, based on, or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms of disease <the clinical picture on admission was that of mild depression in an extremely rigid personality—Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation> <three of these six foods were actually the cause of symptoms, and upon their elimination, clinical cure was effected—Journal of Pediatrics> c :  applying objective or standardized methods (as interviews and personality or intelligence tests) to the description, evaluation, and modification of human behavior <clinical psychology>
of a sacrament :  administered on a sickbed or deathbed <clinical baptism>
clin·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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