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[klin-i-kuh l] /ˈklɪn ɪ kəl/
pertaining to a clinic.
concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory.
extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical:
She regarded him with clinical detachment.
pertaining to or used in a sickroom:
a clinical bandage.
  1. (of a sacrament) administered on a deathbed or sickbed.
  2. (of a convert or conversion) made on a deathbed or sickbed.
Origin of clinical
1770-80; clinic + -al1
Related forms
clinically, adverb
nonclinical, adjective
nonclinically, adverb
overclinical, adjective
overclinically, adverb
semiclinical, adjective
semiclinically, adverb
unclinical, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is so much clinically nuts about this, one doesn't know where to start.
  • The clinically insane have an inalienable right to marry.
  • Fortunately, these poorly differentiated, clinically virulent cancers are relatively uncommon.
  • clinically, they are pretty much indistinguishable from each other.
  • But until now, they hadn't identified a clinically useful drug that could block the receptor.
  • These types of systems are likely to be used clinically one day to restore movement in legs, arms, and hands.
  • It approaches binge drinking clinically as a public health problem.
  • Alternatively, you may want to be part of a team and work on a clinically relevant problem.
  • All my favorite master manipulators are clinically depressive.
  • Yet although those extra hours may be clinically irrelevant, politically they are dynamite.
British Dictionary definitions for clinically


of or relating to a clinic
of or relating to the bedside of a patient, the course of his disease, or the observation and treatment of patients directly: a clinical lecture, clinical medicine
scientifically detached; strictly objective: a clinical attitude to life
plain, simple, and usually unattractive: clinical furniture
Derived Forms
clinically, adverb
clinicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for clinically



1780, "pertaining to hospital patients or hospital care," from clinic + -al (2). Meaning "coldly dispassionate" (like a medical report) is recorded from 1928. Related: Clinically.

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clinically in Medicine

clinical clin·i·cal (klĭn'ĭ-kəl)

  1. Relating to the bedside treatment of a patient or to the course of the disease.

  2. Relating to the observed symptoms and course of a disease.

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