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 YouGov, 35% of Americans don’t trust how quickly the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials are moving and 23% don’t think pharmaceutical companies have consumers' best interests in mind. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson have paused COVID-19 vaccine trials. Why experts say that's reassuring, not frightening.," 14 Oct. 2020 This is the second time such a trial has been put on hold over a safety concern: AstraZeneca has since resumed its testing efforts in the U.K., but its clinical trials in the U.S. remain suspended. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Drop as Earnings Season Begins," 13 Oct. 2020 The company did not say what the unexplained illness was, but one point of clinical trials is to find out if vaccines cause dangerous side effects. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, October 13," 13 Oct. 2020 Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has paused late-stage clinical trials for its coronavirus antibody treatment due to safety issues. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Eli Lilly antibody treatment trial put on pause due to safety concerns," 13 Oct. 2020 Astra, Pfizer and Moderna are among other western developers with late-stage clinical trials. Fortune, "J&J pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill," 13 Oct. 2020 Health experts have said that adverse reactions for some participants in large clinical trials are not uncommon. Michael Williams,, "Johnson & Johnson suspends trial of potential COVID-19 vaccine after participant becomes ill," 12 Oct. 2020 Because the first wave of vaccines is likely to go to health care workers or other high-risk groups, this policy could mean these groups would not be allowed to be part of new clinical trials. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "First, a Vaccine Approval. Then ‘Chaos and Confusion.’," 12 Oct. 2020 Even with a million doses produced by the end of this year, as reported by Eli Lilly, supply will likely be insufficient to meet the needs of every eligible patient and ongoing clinical trials. Walid Gellad, Wired, "Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2020

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“Clinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce clinical (audio)

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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