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
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

Other Words from clinical

clinically \ ˈkli-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinical (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.
Recent Examples on the Web For puffiness, look for caffeine, advises Marnie Nussbaum, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Catharine Malzahn, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The message to trainees is clear: Innovating is as important as clinical practice. Marc Succi, STAT, 24 May 2022 However, consumer-grade DNA tests may not always be as rigorous as clinical-grade DNA tests that your doctor’s office may order for you, Rajagopolan says. Kimberly Hickok, Popular Mechanics, 24 May 2022 The tool is having a major impact on biomedical research, clinical medicine, agriculture and farming. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 May 2022 Some clinical researchers and suicidologists are now asking whether there is something particular about White American masculinity worth interrogating further. Jose A. Del Real, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Chinedum Ojinnaka, an assistant professor at ASU’s College of Health Solutions, examines the effects of socioeconomic factors, such as race, poverty, rurality and food insecurity, on clinical outcomes. USA Today, 23 May 2022 The parents said their son will have to wear a hearing aid for the rest of his life and will need consistent clinical attention. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 It is now run by three men with no apparent clinical laboratory experience and a history of fraud allegations: brothers Hirsh and Gaurav Mohindra and their associate Omar Hussain. Anjeanette Damon, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2022

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“Clinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of clinical

: 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

Other Words from clinical

clinically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinical (audio) \ adverb
a clinically significant infection clinically effective therapies


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