clin·​ic | \ ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Definition of clinic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a class of medical instruction in which patients are examined and discussed
2 : a group meeting devoted to the analysis and solution of concrete problems or to the acquiring of specific skills or knowledge writing clinics golf clinics
3a : a facility (as of a hospital) for diagnosis and treatment of outpatients
b : a group practice in which several physicians work cooperatively
4 : a facility that offers professional services or consultation usually at discounted rates a legal clinic
5 : an exemplary display or performance put on a clinic in the tournament

Definition of -clinic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : inclining : dipping
2 : having (so many) oblique intersections of the axes triclinic

Examples of clinic in a Sentence


The clinic is offering free screening for diabetes. He checked into a drug rehab clinic. The hospital is holding a pain clinic on Tuesday night for anyone interested in learning how to deal with chronic pain. A local club is giving a fishing clinic on Saturday.
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But David Brown, an attorney for the clinics, noted the trial record did include testimony from a woman who sought treatment at a hospital for a miscarriage. Washington Post, "Texas hoping to revive law on burial of fetal remains," 6 Sep. 2019 Benito and Lee, who volunteered their dentistry skills for the Thousand Smiles Foundation clinic in August. Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians pledge ongoing support to help children in Baja," 31 Aug. 2019 On that Thursday afternoon in late May, A’mya was at school with other girls from the freshman squad, getting ready for a cheer clinic. Los Angeles Times, "Cheerleader’s blackface video raises ghosts of Fresno’s racist past," 31 Aug. 2019 Planned Parenthood formally pulled out of a federal family planning grant program this week rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics that receive the money to refer patients for abortions. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Unflattering report doesn’t just highlight bullying, sexual harassment in House Speaker Mike Madigan’s offices. It’s a window into normally highly secretive operations.," 20 Aug. 2019 The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, an umbrella group for family planning clinics is suing to overturn the regulations. David Crary, Anchorage Daily News, "Planned Parenthood leaves family planning program rather than accept new rules," 19 Aug. 2019 The doctor still works for the clinics, according to Planned Parenthood Arizona. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Former Planned Parenthood Arizona employee awarded $3M over wrongful termination," 19 Aug. 2019 The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, an umbrella group for family planning clinics, is suing to overturn the regulations. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Twin Cities, "Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program," 19 Aug. 2019 Carlos Julemiste, voluntary service specialist, accepted the donation for the clinic. Austen Erblat,, "Veterans can pick up free bus passes for clinic visits," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of clinic


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clinic


French clinique, from Greek klinikē medical practice at the sickbed, from feminine of klinikos of a bed, from klinē bed, from klinein to lean, recline — more at lean

Adjective combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek klinein

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English Language Learners Definition of clinic

: a place where people get medical help
: an event at which a doctor is available to talk to people about a particular health matter
: a meeting during which a group of people learn about a particular thing or work on a particular problem


clin·​ic | \ ˈkli-nik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Kids Definition of clinic

1 : a place where people can receive medical treatment usually for minor ailments
2 : a group meeting for teaching a certain skill and working on individual problems a reading clinic


clin·​ic | \ ˈklin-ik How to pronounce clinic (audio) \

Medical Definition of clinic

1a : a session or class of medical instruction in a hospital held at the bedside of patients serving as case studies
b : a group of selected patients presented with discussion before doctors (as at a convention) for purposes of instruction
2a : an institution connected with a hospital or medical school where diagnosis and treatment are made available to outpatients
b : a form of group practice in which several physicians (as specialists) work in cooperative association

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