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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Still, there have been numerous clinical reports of the virus having a range of impacts on the body, from entering the neural tissues to affect sense of taste and smell to affecting the body’s ability to coagulate blood. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Six things scientists wish we knew about the coronavirus before society reopens," 16 May 2020 Michael Hochman is a primary care physician, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and director of the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation at Keck. Michael Hochman, STAT, "Testing everyone for Covid-19 doesn’t make sense. We need to test smarter, not harder," 15 May 2020 The homes provide affordable long-term medical and personal care in clinical settings for qualified veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. Sig Christenson,, "Death toll rises to five at Texas veterans home in Floresville," 15 May 2020 Creating animal models that reflect such clinical diversity will be important, albeit difficult. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 There were no recorded deaths from bleach exposure, and the majority of bleach, disinfectant, or hand sanitizer exposure cases were judged as having no or minimal clinical effect. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "38% rise in bleach poisoning predates Trump’s suggestion, data shows," 13 May 2020 Andreas Karau, Global Head of Biomaterials for Evonik’s Health Care business line, said because of the expansion, the company’s medical device and pharmaceutical customers have even more flexibility at virtually any clinical or commercial scale. William Thornton |, al, "Evonik opens expanded Birmingham biomedical facility," 13 May 2020 UT Nursing School faculty and students have been hard at work during the pandemic, balancing clinical care while also moving instruction online. Lara Korte, Houston Chronicle, "Luci Baines Johnson, Ian Turpin give $1 million to UT nursing school," 11 May 2020 Separating these antibody classes into different tests is of little clinical value, UA spokesman Mark Lane wrote in an email to The Arizona Republic. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "COVID-19 antibody testing: Proceed with caution, plus other things you need to know," 6 May 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Clinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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 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

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clinically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinically (audio) \ adverb

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