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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While many clinical studies have demonstrated beneficial physical changes when participants are grounded, studies tend to be small and are done indoors using wires that connect to ground outlets. Carrie Dennett,, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 But AstraZeneca presented results from its clinical studies, which company representatives said showed, at worst, minimal risks. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 In one clinical study on pancreatic cancer, two patients out of 25 had good responses to large, daily doses of curcumin. Doug Williams,, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 Kaleido has done10 human clinical studies in the past three years, according to Noubar Afeyan, founder and chief executive of Flagship Pioneering, which has helped start more than 100 ventures since 2000. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Bedford startup Kaleido Biosciences raises $101 million in funding round," 25 June 2018 There are preliminary clinical studies demonstrating that salt therapy improves respiratory conditions and quells inflammation. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Alert: This Trendy Pink Salt Lamp's On Sale For $20 RN," 29 May 2018 The Lerner Research Institute is one of the largest research institutes in the nation, with a $270 million research budget and 4,000 ongoing clinical studies. Julie Washington,, "Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Center receives $30 million gift from Weinberg family," 10 May 2018 But it may be uniquely situated to perform the sort of clinical studies that have been sorely lacking in U.S. gun violence research. Michael Hiltzik,, "Kaiser Permanente will start filling the vacuum in gun research with a $2-million study program," 11 Apr. 2018 In 2016, another FDA letter said Arata had repeatedly and deliberately violated regulations governing clinical studies, including failing to get approval for research involving people., "Despite FDA warnings, state boards lag in taking action on controversial MS treatment," 28 Mar. 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

Other Words from clinical

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