clinic

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noun

clin·​ic ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
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: a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
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: 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
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a
: a facility (as of a hospital) for diagnosis and treatment of outpatients
b
: a group practice in which several physicians work cooperatively
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: 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

-clinic

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adjective combining form

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
Once fire department officials got ahold of Jeffery, the shelter's Chief of Veterinary Medicine sedated him so he could be safely transported to the clinic and be cared for. USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Bring small electronics that need repair to a fix-it clinic, participate in a tie-dye workshop and learn about composting. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 During those clinics, teachers gave students reading assessments and walked parents through the results. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 In March, Minneapolis College leaders reached an agreement with the campus health clinic to continue funding her position once the state grant runs out. Leah Fabel, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2024 Some asbestos victims viewed the case as a ploy to discredit the clinic and undermine lawsuits against the railroad. Matthew Brown and Amy Beth Hanson, Quartz, 7 Apr. 2024 Tali Marcelin, the president of PID, told Fox News Digital that their clinic has seen an uptick in patients throughout the past few weeks due to several healthcare facilities closing and other nonprofits pulling out of the area. Ashley Carnahan, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2024 Staff at the local clinic scoff at the idea of someday providing IVF. Maahil Mohamed Elke Scholiers, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 There are also ketamine infusion clinics that administer smaller doses of ketamine to treat depression. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clinic was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Clinic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clinic. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

clinic

noun
clin·​ic ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
1
: a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
2
: a group meeting for teaching a certain skill and working on individual problems
a reading clinic
3
: a place for the treatment of people needing medical help who do not stay overnight
Etymology

Noun

from French clinique "medical instruction at a hospital bed," from Greek klinikē "medical practice at a sickbed," derived from klinē "bed," from klinein "to lean, recline" — related to climate, climax

Medical Definition

clinic

noun
clin·​ic ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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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