cli·​ni·​cian | \ kli-ˈni-shən How to pronounce clinician (audio) \

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

Examples of clinician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myron Cohen, an infectious disease clinician at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and colleagues at the COVID-19 Prevention Network have a proposal at NIAID to study the question in college students. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?," 16 Feb. 2021 The decisions had to be made by a small jury of doctors, not the bedside clinician. Eric Boodman, STAT, "How a family’s frantic search for remdesivir — and a 330-mile road trip — reshaped Tennessee’s Covid-19 response," 9 June 2020 For clinicians, the focus will remain on identifying the syndrome as early as possible, and conducting trials on various treatments to see which are the most effective. Willem Marx, NBC News, "Blood markers discovered for COVID-linked syndrome in children," 27 May 2020 Even for people who manage to connect with clinicians, subtleties are difficult to read over video calls, says Meghan Jarvis, a trauma therapist who has been seeing a spectrum of reactions to the pandemic, including depression. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Is Everyone Depressed?," 22 May 2020 The website also has resources for clinicians on the ongoing research of blood plasma for Covid-19. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "Amazon lends its expertise — and its cash — to Covid-19 research," 7 May 2020 The administrative staff are in and out of the hospital each day, and also interact with clinicians. oregonlive, "Roseburg VA says it will address safety protocols in wake of coronavirus flash mob dance video," 28 Apr. 2020 Denise Jamieson, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University, said on a CDC teleconference held for clinicians on March 12. Popular Science, "COVID-19 is separating parents from their newborns," 27 Mar. 2020 The Web page invites patients to search for clinicians by city, state, or ZIP code. Globe Staff,, "Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clinician

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

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“Clinician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce clinician (audio) \

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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