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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new clinic would employ 33 people, with 23 people working per shift. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Sendik's building in Shorewood could become medical clinic," 13 July 2018 De Sousa said the clinics include students from the JCC and local community as well as from different parts of the state. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Soccer clinics at area JCC focus on skills, sportsmanship," 13 July 2018 There wasn't enough money to keep the clinics open, the mayor said. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 Before then, the Fort Wayne clinic served about 3,000 patients a year. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Planned Parenthood shuts Fort Wayne clinic, blaming harassment from anti-abortion activists," 9 July 2018 Luz Barajas and Carlos Cholcio brought their children, Carlos and Menserrat into the clinic for their annual flu shot. Julie Mazziotta,, "What to Know About the New Shingles Vaccine — and Why You Should Get It ASAP if You're Over 50," 5 July 2018 Money collected by the clinics above those new limits could be refunded to commercial health insurers. John Myers,, "California voters will weigh these 12 propositions on November's ballot," 29 June 2018 The clinic cares for infants and babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Anne Saker,, "Enquirer uses Pulitzer Prize money to open memorial fund for Stephanie Gaffney's baby," 26 June 2018 Held every couple of months, the clinics don’t tackle the debates raging around the ethics of such enforcement, but the program does enable people to work of those fees with community service and counseling. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 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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