clinical

adjective clin·i·cal \ ˈkli-ni-kəl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

clinically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of clinical in a Sentence

  1. Both experimental and clinical evidence show that the treatment is effective.

  2. She enjoys her clinical practice but is looking forward to working in a laboratory.

  3. Three hundred patients were involved in the clinical study.

Recent Examples of clinical from the Web

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728



CLINICAL Defined for English Language Learners

clinical

adjective

Definition of clinical for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

clinical

adjective 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 personality
  • Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • three of these six foods were actually the cause of symptoms, and upon their elimination, clinical cure was effected
  • Journal 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

clinically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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