a place, as in connection with a medical school or a hospital, for the treatment of nonresident patients, sometimes at low cost or without charge.
a group of physicians, dentists, or the like, working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.
a class or group convening for instruction or remedial work or for the diagnosis and treatment of specific problems: a reading clinic; a speech clinic; a summer baseball clinic for promising young players.
the instruction of medical students by examining or treating patients in their presence or by their examining or treating patients under supervision.
a class of students assembled for such instruction.
Sports Slang. a performance so thoroughly superior by a team or player as to be a virtual model or demonstration of excellence; rout or mismatch.
of a clinic; clinical.

1620–30; 1885–90 for def 1; < Latin clīnicus < Greek klīnikós pertaining to a (sick) bed, equivalent to klī́n(ē) bed + -ikos -ic Unabridged
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clinic (ˈklɪnɪk)
1.  a place in which outpatients are given medical treatment or advice, often connected to a hospital
2.  a similar place staffed by physicians or surgeons specializing in one or more specific areas: eye clinic
3.  (Brit) a private hospital or nursing home
4.  obsolete the teaching of medicine to students at the bedside
5.  (US) a place in which medical lectures are given
6.  (US) a clinical lecture
7.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a group or centre that offers advice or instruction: a vocational clinic
[C17: from Latin clīnicus one on a sickbed, from Greek, from klinē bed]

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Word Origin & History

1626, from L. clinicus "physician," from Gk. klinike (techne) "(practice) at the sickbed," from klinikos "of the bed," from kline "bed," from suffixed form of PIE base *kli- "lean, slope" (see lean (v.)). An adj. originally in Eng., then "sick person," sense of "hospital" is
1884, from Ger. Klinik, itself from Fr. clinique. Clinical is from 1780; meaning "coldly detached, like a medical report" is 1928.
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clinic clin·ic (klĭn'ĭk)

  1. A facility, often associated with a hospital or medical school, that is devoted to the diagnosis and care of outpatients.

  2. A medical establishment run by several specialists working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.

  3. A group session offering counsel or instruction in a particular field or activity.

  4. A seminar or meeting of physicians and medical students in which medical instruction is conducted in the presence of the patient, as at the bedside.

  5. A place where such instruction occurs.

  6. A class or lecture of medical instruction conducted in this manner.

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an organized medical service offering diagnostic, therapeutic, or preventive treatment to ambulatory patients. Often in Europe and occasionally in the United States the term covers the entire teaching centre, including the hospital and the ambulatory-patient facilities. The medical care offered by a clinic may or may not be connected with a hospital.

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Example sentences
The first group has access to a new birthing center at a local clinic.
Try a no-skills-required raft race or a kayak clinic.
The king condescended to pay a visit at a surgical clinic, and found the
  professor of surgery engaged in amputating a leg.
The event that drove him away from the business came one day when he was giving
  a lunch lecture at a local primary-care clinic.
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