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 Women would be required to head back to the clinic in Cleveland, Columbus or Cincinnati, Mann said. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio House sends Gov. Mike DeWine bill banning medication abortions via telemedicine," 18 Dec. 2020 Lackey said some hospitals are offering partial hospitalizations, in which a person goes to a clinic for half a day, or sometimes the whole day, then returns home at night. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Pandemic causes increased wait time for psychiatric care in Arkansas," 17 Dec. 2020 But mRNA medicines—especially those that replace beneficial proteins for chronic disease—have a tougher road to the clinic than vaccines. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Messenger RNA gave us a COVID-19 vaccine. Will it treat diseases, too?," 16 Dec. 2020 Whisper isn’t trying to replace the doctor or trips to a clinic. Popular Science, "This AI-powered hearing aid improves as you wear it," 7 Dec. 2020 After twenty-eight days, Honeycutt returned to the clinic for a second injection. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Countdown to a Coronavirus Vaccine," 6 Dec. 2020 Industry payments often come with information, such as drug reps bringing slide decks to the clinic along with the catered lunch. Deborah Korenstein, STAT, "Drug companies’ payments and gifts affect physicians’ prescribing. It’s time to turn off the spigot," 4 Dec. 2020 While patients still come to the clinic for their first few follow-up appointments, after two weeks they are transitioned to a telehealth platform to limit their exposures. Lauren Caruba,, "In the era of COVID-19, organ transplant centers contend with fear, uncertainty," 29 Nov. 2020 Patients are typically referred to the clinic by their physician but those who have had a chest CT performed and are seeking a second opinion may refer themselves., "Community news," 17 Nov. 2020

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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 2021

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“Clinic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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