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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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  • clinical trials have proved a valuable medical innovation.
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  • Although thousands of patients have received gene therapy for a variety of conditions, only a few have shown any clinical benefit.
  • Whether he suffered from a full-blown case of what today is called clinical depression is unknown.
  • Lecturers also withdrew clinical and nursing services at two teaching hospitals.
  • clinical trials are another point of contact between east and west.
  • But clinical trials of legitimate gene-therapy methods have run into hitches.
  • The veterinarians that do the clinical care get a lot of interaction with the keepers, who are really our eyes and ears.
  • Every year, millions of volunteers participate in clinical trials in return for quick cash.
  • Supervised and evaluated clinical psychology doctoral-level students.
British Dictionary definitions for clinical


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 clinical

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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clinical 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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