subclinical

adjective

sub·​clin·​i·​cal ˌsəb-ˈkli-ni-kəl How to pronounce subclinical (audio)
: not detectable or producing effects that are not detectable by the usual clinical tests
a subclinical infection
subclinical cancer
subclinically adverb

Examples of subclinical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on a person’s health status, they may also be screened for advanced liver fibrosis, markers of kidney disease, and the signs of subclinical heart failure. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 18 Oct. 2023 Research shows the role of healthy narcissism occurs at subclinical levels in everyday populations and can help motivate people to enhance themselves and to progress in life. Fortune Well, 3 Mar. 2023 Participants who had mild depression experienced subclinical levels after treatment. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 21 Feb. 2023 Another 3% to 5%, or 5 to 9 million people, will, at some point in their lives, report a subclinical problem, which means that some gambling disorder symptoms are present but the psychiatric diagnosis is not warranted. Fortune, 9 Feb. 2023 On average, participants started the trial with mild depression and ended with subclinical levels. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 18 Jan. 2023 Permanent damage to red blood cells is one of the most common subclinical symptoms. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2022 The trials will be monitoring for myocarditis and subclinical myocarditis, which doesn't cause symptoms. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 12 Nov. 2022 The idea seems to be that there’s plenty of stress that doesn’t quite hit the psychiatric level — and so these drinks exist for your subclinical anxiety needs. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 13 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subclinical was in 1916

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“Subclinical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subclinical. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

subclinical

adjective
sub·​clin·​i·​cal -ˈklin-i-kəl How to pronounce subclinical (audio)
: not detectable or producing effects that are not detectable by the usual clinical tests
a subclinical infection
subclinical cancer
subclinically adverb
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