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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since Wyckoff Heights Medical Center launched its innovative program in early 2016, at least one other community health clinic has launched a similar program. Arno Pedram, NBC News, "From Grindr to PrEP: Innovative sexual health program flourishes in NYC," 3 Jan. 2020 Many of these children will be cared for in community settings, attending schools or outpatient clinics for treatments and therapies. Katherine Rafferty, The Conversation, "Parents of medically fragile children and their kids could use help, understanding year-round," 17 Dec. 2019 Neighborhood Fellowship Church on the east side of Indianapolis hosts a free weekly health clinic. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis church is also a clinic for the poor. Now it has even bigger plans.," 12 Dec. 2019 With security could come services such as schools and clinics as well as the governance needed to formalise the industry and prise it away from extremists. The Economist, "How west Africa’s gold rush is funding jihadists," 14 Nov. 2019 In 2005, the government adopted a model to steer 5% of tourism revenue from Volcanoes National Park to build infrastructure in surrounding villages, including schools and health clinics. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 Before long, Turedjam also had a health clinic and a primary school. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 TC Transformational Center, a new mental health clinic in Ensley, will open on Nov. 11. Anna Beahm |, al, "New mental health clinic opening in Ensley," 31 Oct. 2019 Staff has outgrown the outpatient mental health clinic on Court Street in Westminster and the West End Place living spaces need updating, Burden said at the day care facility Wednesday. Mary Grace Keller,, "New renderings, details released for expanded Westminster family support center at West End Place," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of clinic was in 1827

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14 Jan 2020

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“Clinic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clinic

: 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


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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