clinic

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noun

clin·​ic ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
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: a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
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: 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
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: a facility (as of a hospital) for diagnosis and treatment of outpatients
b
: a group practice in which several physicians work cooperatively
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: 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

-clinic

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adjective combining form

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The agency is known for its meticulous selection process for dental clinics to ensure all the facilities possess health tourism authorization certificates and adhere to global standards. Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The clinic and hospital that are defendants in the case could ask the court to reconsider its decision. arkansasonline.com, 21 Feb. 2024 For example, clinics and hospitals could employ generative AI to create personalized health plans based on a patient’s unique genetic makeup, health history, and lifestyle. 4. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 In fact, with hormone replacement therapy still a fraught issue in the US—where the medical establishment has slowly re-embraced it after a faulty 2002 study connected it to elevated breast cancer and heart disease risk—many women are seeking guidance at wellness clinics. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 Malouf told Sandoval clinic staff helped her into the car. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 17 Feb. 2024 But Manigault Newman quickly realized the clinic went beyond standard procedures. Michael Kranish, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Follow more of our reporting on Business As luxury apartments spring up in Garden City, some homeowners get displaced December 21, 2023 4:00 AM Business A Boise clinic uses the drug ketamine to treat depression. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 15 Feb. 2024 The organization pointed to news in Politico on Tuesday which revealed a data broker tracked people’s visits to nearly 600 reproductive health clinics in the US and put that information up for sale. Dell Cameron Andrew Couts, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clinic was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Clinic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clinic. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

clinic

noun
clin·​ic ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
1
: a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
2
: a group meeting for teaching a certain skill and working on individual problems
a reading clinic
3
: a place for the treatment of people needing medical help who do not stay overnight
Etymology

Noun

from French clinique "medical instruction at a hospital bed," from Greek klinikē "medical practice at a sickbed," derived from klinē "bed," from klinein "to lean, recline" — related to climate, climax

Medical Definition

clinic

noun
clin·​ic ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio)
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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