clin·​ic | \ ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Definition of clinic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
2 : a group meeting devoted to the analysis and solution of concrete problems or to the acquiring of specific skills or knowledge writing clinics golf clinics
3a : a facility (as of a hospital) for diagnosis and treatment of outpatients
b : a group practice in which several physicians work cooperatively
4 : a facility that offers professional services or consultation usually at discounted rates a legal clinic
5 : an exemplary display or performance put on a clinic in the tournament

Definition of -clinic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : inclining : dipping
2 : having (so many) oblique intersections of the axes triclinic

Examples of clinic in a Sentence

Noun The clinic is offering free screening for diabetes. He checked into a drug rehab clinic. The hospital is holding a pain clinic on Tuesday night for anyone interested in learning how to deal with chronic pain. A local club is giving a fishing clinic on Saturday.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun June 23, 2022 - New York City launches the first monkeypox vaccination clinic in the United States. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 During the coronavirus pandemic, the building was repurposed into a vaccination clinic in early 2021. Erik S. Hanley, Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2022 Identity Health Clinic will be holding a walk in Monkeypox vaccination clinic this Thursday from 1pm-5pm. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 The Marion County Public Health Department will be hosting a free vaccination clinic on Monday, Aug. 15. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2022 The change was welcomed at St. John’s Community Health, which had already scheduled a vaccination clinic for the day after the shift in immunization strategy was announced. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 Empty bottles of the monkeypox vaccine after they were used at a vaccination clinic at Open Door Health. Alexa Gagosz,, 8 Aug. 2022 Assemblymember Akilah Weber, D-La Mesa, hosts her ninth annual backpack giveaway and HPV vaccination clinic from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center, 3131 School Lane. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 In Manila, Blinken visited a vaccination clinic, met with groups helping fight coronavirus outbreaks and went to a clean energy fair. Jim Gomez, ajc, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clinic


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clinic


French clinique, from Greek klinikē medical practice at the sickbed, from feminine of klinikos of a bed, from klinē bed, from klinein to lean, recline — more at lean

Adjective combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek klinein

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23 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for clinic


clin·​ic | \ ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Kids Definition of clinic

1 : a place where people can receive medical treatment usually for minor ailments
2 : a group meeting for teaching a certain skill and working on individual problems a reading clinic


clin·​ic | \ ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Medical Definition of clinic

1a : a session or class of medical instruction in a hospital held at the bedside of patients serving as case studies
b : a group of selected patients presented with discussion before doctors (as at a convention) for purposes of instruction
2a : an institution connected with a hospital or medical school where diagnosis and treatment are made available to outpatients
b : a form of group practice in which several physicians (as specialists) work in cooperative association


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