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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Marquardt spends much of the first half-season setting a mood of eerie, clinical calm. Judy Berman, Time, "A New Season of The Girlfriend Experience Gives Us Yet Another Exploration of Tech and Male Desire," 30 Apr. 2021 The vaccine effort has faced a series of hurdles, from confusing clinical-trial results and production delays to questions about the shot’s precise efficacy and rare blood-clotting problems among a small percentage of people post-vaccination. Jenny Strasburg And Cecilia Butini, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Lost Money on Its Covid-19 Vaccine," 30 Apr. 2021 The arrangement has the benefit of allowing the clinical side to be fully air-conditioned — as required by code for medical spaces — while the more public spaces are open to natural ventilation. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "How a McKinney clinic merges lessons from Texas — and Rwanda," 29 Apr. 2021 Health outcomes measure length and quality of life, while health factors account for things that can improve health, such as access to education, quality clinical care, healthy food or affordable housing., "How COVID-19 may have made the economic divides in youth sports worse than before," 29 Apr. 2021 It has been detected across India, primarily in the north, said Ravi Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Washington Post, "India is No. 102 in coronavirus genetic sequencing, leaving many unknowns on variants amid the surge," 29 Apr. 2021 Despite Mahalingaiah’s having experienced firsthand takeout Thai lust, cravings aren’t a clinical focus in her medical practice., "A vaccine side effect you haven't heard about: Weird food cravings," 29 Apr. 2021 Tuba Parvez, a clinical pharmacist and the captain of the walk-in clinic on the fourth floor of the TCF Center, has been working at the site since February. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "TCF Center vaccine crew surprised with prizes from Ally Bank," 28 Apr. 2021 Doulas cannot provide clinical care, but research shows their support can boost maternal and infant health outcomes. Ashley Nguyen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Medicaid coverage for doulas and the postpartum period, grants for Black women's health, all part of Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Clinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 clinical (audio) \ adverb

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