clinical

adjective
clin·​i·​cal | \ ˈkli-ni-kəl How to pronounce clinical (audio) \

Definition of clinical

1 : of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: such as
a : involving direct observation of the patient clinical diagnosis
b : based on or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms clinical treatment clinical tuberculosis — see also clinical psychologist
2 : analytical or coolly dispassionate describing the situation with clinical detachment
3 US, informal : done or performed with excellence and precision : exemplary In the meantime Bryant … continued his clinical shooting, which has allowed him to more than double his scoring average …— Alexander Wolff

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Other Words from clinical

clinically \ ˈkli-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of clinical in a Sentence

Both experimental and clinical evidence show that the treatment is effective. She enjoys her clinical practice but is looking forward to working in a laboratory. Three hundred patients were involved in the clinical study.
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Scientists have long complained about the difficulty of obtaining that marijuana, as well as its limited quality, variety and usefulness for clinical research. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Lacking quality weed extract, US researchers turn to Canada," 18 Sep. 2018 Forty years of patient outcomes and clinical research demonstrates that nurse practitioners consistently provide high quality, competent care. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "More Nurse Practitioners Now Pursue Residency Programs To Hone Skills," 9 July 2018 The hope is the results of this clinical research will end the regulatory stigma around these kinds of transplants once and for all. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: HIV Organ Transplants, Artificial Iris Approval, New Jersey Individual Mandate," 1 June 2018 Edgar Estrada Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Here, then, is some of the clinical research that gives doctors and researchers much hope. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "Brain cancer treatments showing promise with targeted therapies. 'Very exciting stuff.' | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 In clinical research, Sadick found that stress can really damage your hair. Loren Savini, Allure, "The Best Products and Techniques for Strengthening Breakage-Prone Hair," 23 May 2018 Scientists would need to complete the first phase of clinical research on a drug before it could be made available under the bill. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Congress Approves Bill Giving Patients a ‘Right to Try’ Experimental Drugs," 22 May 2018 The revelations in this book are a chilling reminder that the highest priority in both clinical research and practice must be compassion. Simon Baron-cohen, Scientific American, "The Truth About Hans Asperger’s Nazi Collusion," 17 May 2018 The office has four programs: biomedical laboratory research, clinical science research, health services research and rehabilitation research. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan bill would support medical research into pot for veterans," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clinical was circa 1728

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clinical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clinical

: relating to or based on work done with real patients : of or relating to the medical treatment that is given to patients in hospitals, clinics, etc.
: requiring treatment as a medical problem
: of or relating to a place where medical treatment is given : of or relating to a clinic

clinical

adjective
clin·​i·​cal | \ ˈklin-i-kəl How to pronounce clinical (audio) \

Medical Definition of clinical

1 : of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: as
a : involving or concerned with the direct observation and treatment of living patients engaged in full-time clinical practice clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology
b : of, relating to, based on, or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms of disease the clinical picture on admission was that of mild depression in an extremely rigid personalityOccupational Therapy & Rehabilitation three of these six foods were actually the cause of symptoms, and upon their elimination, clinical cure was effectedJournal of Pediatrics
c : applying objective or standardized methods (as interviews and personality or intelligence tests) to the description, evaluation, and modification of human behavior clinical psychology
2 of a sacrament : administered on a sickbed or deathbed clinical baptism

Other Words from clinical

clinically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinically (audio) \ adverb

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