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 The public, along with clinicians and researchers, must be educated about the threat of unregulated stem cell clinics and therapies. David A. Pearce, STAT, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 Kross brought in clinicians and social workers and opened the first city public school in a jail (P.S. 616), for adolescent inmates. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "After Rikers Island Closes, What Will Jail Look Like?," 18 Dec. 2019 The Partners network includes more than 6,000 clinicians and scientists., "Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest health care provider, plans to spend $80 million to advance scientific research that could lead to new treatments for disease and boost startups working on artificial intelligence programs for health care.," 22 Oct. 2019 In Chicago’s black communities that have faced a lack of resources, clinicians and nonprofit groups are working to bridge gaps in access to mental health care, especially as students may struggle to receive it in city schools. Madeline Buckley,, "Reported suicide attempts among black teens have spiked since 1991, study shows, raising concerns about availability of mental health care," 14 Oct. 2019 Several clinicians and labs had already accused the brand of making exaggerated health claims and framed the influencers—including Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian—in a negative light. Flora Tsapovsky, Bon Appétit, "Many Wellness Brands Are Failing to Train the Influencers They Hire," 2 Oct. 2019 Preliminary reports released Friday from clinicians and state health departments in Wisconsin, Illinois, North Carolina and Utah confirm and strengthen patterns that individual doctors treating patients have described. Anchorage Daily News, "Lung illness tied to vaping has killed five people, may be a new ‘worrisome’ disease, officials say," 7 Sep. 2019 Making matters more difficult, the HHS Inspector General released a separate report on Wednesday that found the government often failed to screen new clinicians and case workers who were being hired in a hurry to care for the influx of children. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Government watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered PTSD, other mental trauma," 4 Sep. 2019 Additional changes, including the addition of our school clinician through MindPeace and programs such as drug testing, have all been designed to support student wellness and balance. Ellen Gormley,, "St. Xavier welcomes Evan, the Facility Dog for Therapy," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clinician

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clinician was in 1875

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15 Feb 2020

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“Clinician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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