clinical

adjective
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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Other Words from clinical

clinically \ ˈkli-​ni-​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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Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house. Gabe Johnson, WSJ, "A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.," 8 Feb. 2019 But according to Josh Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, picking tends to cause more harm than good. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 But the clinical studies that have been done compare it with a placebo, not even a pain reliever like ibuprofen. Peter B. Bach, WSJ, "If Weed Is Medicine, So Is Budweiser," 17 Jan. 2019 But at a time when suicide rates are on the rise, experts question whether these mobile services are ready for mainstream use, citing a lack of clinical evidence that online platforms make a meaningful difference for people. Ken Alltucker, Alex Connor And Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Mobile therapy apps: With suicide rates on the rise, can text chats rescue those on the edge?," 15 June 2018 Despite already having one of the lowest surgical site infection rates in Arizona, The CORE Institute’s leadership reviewed the clinical evidence and peer reviewed data and chose the Xenex LightStrike® Germ-Zapping Robot for optimal disinfection. Candace Hoffman, azcentral, "Xena The Germinator," 2 May 2018 Often the group sessions, which aren’t clinical, are a person’s first exposure to any kind of therapy. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "At Senior Centers, Holiday Cheer Is Targeted to Particular Age Issues," 9 Dec. 2018 The direct admit program for UWM students to get clinical training through MATC is not designed to be a four-year path to a bachelor's degree. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lack of seats in nursing degree program at UWM no longer an obstacle for students with new MATC partnership," 3 July 2018 The men had clinical training in the field but no medical classroom training. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Why physician assistant is the fastest-growing job in medicine," 15 May 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 \

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 \ adverb

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