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adj em·pir·i·cal \-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of EMPIRICAL

archaic a :  following or used in the practice of the empirics—compare rational 2 b :  being or befitting a quack or charlatan
:  originating in or based on observation or experiment <much medical lore had had an empirical origin…centuries of trial-and-error gropings after remedies—R. H. Shryock>
:  capable of being confirmed, verified, or disproved by observation or experiment <empirical statements or laws>
em·pir·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of EMPIRICAL

em·pir·i·cal also em·pir·ic \-ik\
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