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  1. 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.
  2. a group of physicians, dentists, or the like, working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.
  3. 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.
  4. the instruction of medical students by examining or treating patients in their presence or by their examining or treating patients under supervision.
  5. a class of students assembled for such instruction.
  6. 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.
  1. of a clinic; clinical.

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. 2018

Related Words for clinic

hospital, infirmary, dispensary

Examples from the Web for clinic

Contemporary Examples of clinic

Historical Examples of clinic

  • The clinic was interrupted by the crisp voice of Nora: "Dinner is served!"

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He was in charge of the Clinic—taking out the Grammar and putting in Gags.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • "Better come down to the clinic," he said gently, assisting her from the couch.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

  • He brought her to the clinic and left her with the doctor after explaining what had happened.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

  • Eight of the women were able to leave the clinic on the tenth day.

British Dictionary definitions for clinic


  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 areaseye clinic
  3. British 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. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

clinic in Medicine


  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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