noun clin·ic \ ˈkli-nik \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of clinic

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
3 a : 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

Examples of clinic in a Sentence

  1. The clinic is offering free screening for diabetes.

  2. He checked into a drug rehab clinic.

  3. The hospital is holding a pain clinic on Tuesday night for anyone interested in learning how to deal with chronic pain.

  4. A local club is giving a fishing clinic on Saturday.

Recent Examples of clinic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Definition of -clinic

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

Origin and Etymology of -clinic

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek klinein

CLINIC Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of clinic for English Language Learners

  • : a place where people get medical help

  • : an event at which a doctor is available to talk to people about a particular health matter

  • : a meeting during which a group of people learn about a particular thing or work on a particular problem

CLINIC Defined for Kids


noun clin·ic \ ˈkli-nik \

Definition of clinic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary


noun clin·ic \ ˈklin-ik \

medical Definition of clinic

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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