of a clinic; clinical.

Nearby words

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  2. clinging vine,
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  7. clinical depression,
  8. clinical diagnosis,
  9. clinical genetics,
  10. clinical governance

Origin of clinic

1620–30; 1885–90 for def 1; < Latin clīnicus < Greek klīnikós pertaining to a (sick) bed, equivalent to klī́n(ē) bed + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clinic



a place in which outpatients are given medical treatment or advice, often connected to a hospital
a similar place staffed by physicians or surgeons specializing in one or more specific areaseye clinic
British a private hospital or nursing home
obsolete the teaching of medicine to students at the bedside
US a place in which medical lectures are given
US a clinical lecture
mainly US and Canadian a group or centre that offers advice or instructiona vocational clinic

Word Origin for clinic

C17: from Latin clīnicus one on a sickbed, from Greek, from klinē bed

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Word Origin and History for clinic



1620s, from French clinique (17c.), from Latin clinicus "physician that visits patients in their beds," from Greek klinike (techne) "(practice) at the sickbed," from klinikos "of the bed," from kline "bed, couch, that on which one lies," from suffixed form of PIE root *kli- "lean, slope" (see lean (v.)).

Originally in English "bedridden person;" sense of "hospital" is 1884, from German Klinik in this sense, itself from French clinique, via the notion of "bedside medical education." The modern sense is thus reversed from the classical, when the "clinic" came to the patient. General sense of "conference for group instruction in something" is from 1919.

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Medicine definitions for clinic




A facility, often associated with a hospital or medical school, that is devoted to the diagnosis and care of outpatients.
A medical establishment run by several specialists working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.
A group session offering counsel or instruction in a particular field or activity.
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.
A place where such instruction occurs.
A class or lecture of medical instruction conducted in this manner.

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