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

Examples of subclinical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The question now is: What to do about the people who have subclinical myocarditis after COVID-19, which presents with no symptoms and can be seen only on a medical scanner? Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate," 21 Sep. 2020 Sadick says that the scraping creates subclinical (microscopic) wounds in the skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "An Allure Editor's Experience With At-Home Dermaplaning," 8 Aug. 2020 Some health care workers who demonstrate milder subclinical findings are often mistaken as asymptomatic — these comprise the majority of cases. David Malebranche, STAT, "Racism: The contagion in health care we need to eradicate," 4 June 2020 Some mild cases of hypothyroidism, called subclinical hypothyroidism, are associated with an elevated TSH while the T4 level stays within the normal range. Mayo Clinic News Network,, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Mild hypothyroidism may not need treatment," 19 Sep. 2019 Research published in January measured the prevalence and rate of progression of subclinical vascular lesions, or early stages of the plaque that can block arteries, in 4,000 people with no history of heart disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo," 2 Oct. 2019 Another paper looking at 178 golden eagles sampled in the Helena National Forest in Montana from 2006 to 2012 showed that one-fourth had levels in the range of subclinical poisoning and 10 percent were above the poisoning threshold. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This lead-poisoned eagle miraculously recovered. Most aren’t so lucky," 26 June 2019 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 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

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Subclinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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