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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clinically \-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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The Norwich practice is co-owned by Julie Longton, a licensed family therapist, and her daughter, Leanda Zupka, a licensed clinical social worker. Ruth Bruno,, "Norwich Mental Health Center Accused Of Fraudulently Billing State's Medicaid Program," 10 July 2018 Ann Rosenberg, a grief counselor and licensed clinical social worker in New York City, told Fox News there are myriad reasons why a survivor would want to drag a family member’s name through the proverbial funereal mud. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Survivors penning 'revenge obituaries' to settle scores with the departed," 7 June 2018 What other stakeholders in the system can draw on the experience of interacting with patients and caregivers as well as working with other clinical and business administration functions, payers, and drug companies? Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 But according to dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital (who is not affiliated with the product), Qbrexza is actually quite different. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018 The new direction could include the sale of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital, and will likely reshape the health system’s clinical and research programs. Harold Brubaker,, "Temple University adds to health system board amid restructuring," 22 June 2018 Programs ranged from general education programs (on childbirth, infant care and infant development) to relationship and co-parenting programs to clinical and case management programs. Joyce Y. Lee And Shawna J. Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Study: Fathers are forgotten by parenting programs," 17 June 2018 MGA Home Healthcare offers broad service infrastructure to provide a comprehensive approach to home care, including full clinical and administrative support teams. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018 What researchers needed was a huge database that collected clinical and genetic data, along with patients’ descriptions of their experiences. New York Times, "New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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