clin·​i·​cal | \ˈkli-ni-kəl \

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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clinically \-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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From parakeets to horses, pretty much every animal with feathers or fur has dander, Alice Hoyt, M.D., an allergist in the allergy and clinical immunology department at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here Are 9 Ways to Deal With a Pet Allergy If You Love Animals," 30 Nov. 2018 The new Amazon software can read digitized patient records and other clinical notes, analyze them and pluck out key data points, Amazon said. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health," 27 Nov. 2018 In 2008, Ravussin and collaborators put together the first rigorous clinical human trial of CR, called Calerie. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 For a clinical spa experience, there’s the Lanserhoff Tegernsee, an Aman-like medi-spa where doctors and nutritionists use the Mayr method. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 Eighty percent of 103 clinical department heads — the doctors who oversee specialties such as surgery, medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry — at the city’s six major teaching hospitals are men, according to data provided by the hospitals. Liz Kowalczyk,, "At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male," 10 July 2018 According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 56 percent of American dogs — and 60 percent of cats — were classified as overweight in a 2017 clinical survey. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "More than half of American dogs are overweight. Including mine, apparently.," 9 July 2018 For me, trying to masturbate after my losses felt very textbook, almost clinical. Dr. Jessica Zucker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Masturbation After Miscarriage: 14 Women Share Their Stories," 30 Oct. 2018 Fasting also has its share of clinical studies to back it up. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


clin·​i·​cal | \ˈklin-i-kəl \

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

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