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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People with clinical anxiety tend to feel intense worry about everyday issues that most people cope with relatively easily, Zinbarg says. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "This Is the Difference Between Feeling Anxious and Having an Anxiety Disorder," 16 May 2019 The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are currently being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Multiple Cases of a Disease That Can Be Transmitted From Dogs to Humans Are Confirmed in Iowa," 13 May 2019 The inspiring service backed by the royals will see volunteers (supported by clinical professionals) on hand to reply to texts from people suffering from mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse, bullying or relationship problems. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Royal Fab Four Have Reunited for Their First Joint Project Since Splitting Households," 10 May 2019 Through the online service, people can send photos of their symptoms, and receive clinical evaluation and treatment. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Did Coachella Trigger This Major Herpes Outbreak in California?," 30 Apr. 2019 Ruthless, clinical, immune to both pressure and the weight of history. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Germany stuns Sweden on Toni Kroos' last-gasp goal to resuscitate World Cup hopes," 23 June 2018 Dozens of the officers' reports paint a harrowing — yet often a more clinical — view of what happened that night when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor suite — taking aim at 22,000 attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. David Montero, latimes.com, "'Why am I going to die today?': The words of first responders to deadly Las Vegas shooting," 25 May 2018 There are many reasons your period might be late, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, told Teen Vogue, including stress, diet, and exercise. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "How to Take a Pregnancy Test," 3 May 2019 Christine Blasey Ford is a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh and Ford to testify in Senate hearing: Key players to watch," 28 Sep. 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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