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

Definition of clinical

1 : of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: such as
a : involving direct observation of the patient clinical diagnosis
b : based on or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms clinical treatment clinical tuberculosis
2 : analytical or coolly dispassionate describing the situation with clinical detachment
3 US, informal : done or performed with excellence and precision : exemplary In the meantime Bryant … continued his clinical shooting, which has allowed him to more than double his scoring average …— Alexander Wolff

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clinically \ ˈkli-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of clinical in a Sentence

Both experimental and clinical evidence show that the treatment is effective. She enjoys her clinical practice but is looking forward to working in a laboratory. Three hundred patients were involved in the clinical study.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2021, Synchron became the first company to receive F.D.A. approval to conduct human clinical trials of a permanently implantable brain-computer interface. New York Times, 12 May 2022 For some biotechs, the downturn partly springs from a spate of scientific setbacks, in which drugs with high expectations have failed to pan out in clinical trials. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Carefully testing this drug in long-haulers could help researchers build templates for even more clinical trials, Davids, of the National Network for Long COVID Justice, told me. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 The company also halted clinical trials for one of the treatments, which was approved in the U.S. only two months ago. Ed Silverman, STAT, 9 May 2022 Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is conducting clinical trials all over the world to create potential medicines for cardiovascular, liver, lung and muscle diseases, as well as for cancer. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Early on in vaccination drive, officials cited a lack of data as the main reason for delays, explaining that clinical trials tend focus on 18 to 59-year-olds to start before moving on to other age groups. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Most clinical trials have found Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine to be around 68% effective at preventing hospitalization from Covid-19, far less than competing vaccines. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Treatment/vaccine status: Moderna vaccine in Phase III clinical trials; several other candidates also in development., 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clinical

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Clinical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of clinical

: of, relating to, or conducted in or as if in a clinic: as
a : involving or concerned with the direct observation and treatment of living patients engaged in full-time clinical practice clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology
b : of, relating to, based on, or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms of disease the clinical picture on admission was that of mild depression in an extremely rigid personalityOccupational Therapy & Rehabilitation three of these six foods were actually the cause of symptoms, and upon their elimination, clinical cure was effectedJournal of Pediatrics

Other Words from clinical

clinically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clinical (audio) \ adverb
a clinically significant infection clinically effective therapies


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