clin·​ic | \ˈkli-nik \

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


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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The ban would have forced the clinic to turn her away. Anna North, Vox, "How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws," 21 Nov. 2018 Puebla City, Puebla Jhon and Chely sit at a plastic table in what had been the weight room of a community gym called Polideportivo Xonaca; the workout space has been converted into a clinic. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 State inspectors visited the clinic three times between 1989 and 1993. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "‘Gosnell,’ Like Its Namesake, Faces a Media Blackout," 16 Oct. 2018 In any case, both quickly made their way into the clinic. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel," 1 Oct. 2018 Some said they had been shown a corpse — a claim supported by a photographer who sneaked into the clinic and took a picture of a dead baby in a refrigerator. James Badcock,, "Obstetrician's trial could unlock secrets of Spain's stolen babies scandal," 25 June 2018 With the maximum-security Camp 5 prison just reopened, after a cellblock was remade into a clinic and mental health ward, the detention center can now take in another 40 men. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 Families from across the country pile into a clinic for malnourished children, setting aside the political and ethnic divides that have torn this new nation to shreds. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 But Crockett was quickly surprised: The results in her own clinic started to match those from others. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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