sub·​clin·​i·​cal | \ ˌsəb-ˈkli-ni-kəl How to pronounce subclinical (audio) \

Definition of subclinical

: not detectable or producing effects that are not detectable by the usual clinical tests a subclinical infection subclinical cancer

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subclinically \ ˌsəb-​ˈkli-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce subclinically (audio) \ adverb

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All of those traits must be present to warrant a diagnosis of subclinical psychopathy (as opposed to clinical psychopathy). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 The findings hinted that people may have somehow come down with subclinical infections that cleared up on their own, Meng said. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery," 2 Oct. 2018 And twice, maybe three times, as many suffer from what experts call subclinical eating disorders. Gracie Bonds Staples,, "Residential facilities can be key in treating eating disorders," 29 Mar. 2018 The histopathology report states the cause of death to be most likely acute cardiac arrest potentially associated with early subclinical cardiac insufficiency found during the necropsy. Matt Rocheleau,, "The details of 40 animal deaths, injuries, losses aboard US airlines," 15 Mar. 2018 However, diagnosing subclinical hypothyroidism can be tricky. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "The Subtle Signs of a Thyroid Disorder," 24 July 2017 Even subclinical hypothyroidism - estimated to affect as many as 10 percent of all adults and 20 percent of people older than 60 - can result in negative health consequences. Molly Kimball,, "Tired all the time? Surprising reasons why, and simple solutions," 14 June 2017 The authors were researching the effectiveness of a drug that is widely, if controversially, used to treat older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, better known as a slightly underactive thyroid. Paula Span, New York Times, "Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.," 21 Apr. 2017 Subclinical autistic traits deserve close scrutiny for possible detrimental effects on children, Constantino adds. Bruce Bower, WIRED, "Autism Plays Hide-and-Seek in Family Genes," 8 Oct. 2010

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subclinical was in 1916

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sub·​clin·​i·​cal | \ -ˈklin-i-kəl How to pronounce subclinical (audio) \

Medical Definition of subclinical

: not detectable or producing effects that are not detectable by the usual clinical tests a subclinical infection subclinical cancer

Other Words from subclinical

subclinically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce subclinically (audio) \ adverb

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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