cli·​ni·​cian | \kli-ˈni-shən \

Definition of clinician 

1 : a person qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory

2 : a person who conducts a clinic

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The currently expanding boundaries seem to be most beneficial to a narrow set of stakeholders: psychiatrists along with other mental health clinicians and researchers, and especially pharmaceutical companies. Rebecca A. Seligman, STAT, "Cultural confusion: the shifting line between sane and ‘unsane’," 8 May 2018 Meanwhile, for clinicians, a new company called Paige. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Cancer Has a New Enemy: A.I.," 13 Aug. 2018 The company says that if the software is approved for use in a clinical setting, it will be provided free of charge to Moorfields’ clinicians for a period of five years. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor," 13 Aug. 2018 Accompanied by more than 60 other doctors, nurses and clinicians from Christ, Barin spent 10 days triaging and administering primary care to refugees who had fled the civil war in Syria. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Advocate humanitarian award, scholarship fund spotlight Christ Hospital's medical relief work," 4 July 2018 Mental health clinicians say that dealing with their clients’ disclosure of trauma is the most delicate aspect of their work. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 Just two inmates have killed themselves in county jails since Jan 1, 2017, following improvements that include the addition of mental health clinicians, although several other inmates have attempted suicide. Gary Warth,, "Parents want answers following son's death after jail release," 10 June 2018 Yet even the best mental health clinicians have trouble understanding who is most at risk for self-harm. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention," 8 June 2018 Some clinicians suggested that the teenager was having growing pains. Natalie Pompilio,, "These Chester County women are racing to beat the rare disease that drew them together," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of clinician

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clinician

: a person (such as a doctor or nurse) who works directly with patients rather than in a laboratory or as a researcher


cli·​ni·​cian | \klin-ˈish-ən \

Medical Definition of clinician 

: an individual qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory

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