- 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.
- (of a sacrament) administered on a deathbed or sickbed.
- (of a convert or conversion) made on a deathbed or sickbed.
Origin of clinical
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Examples from the Web for clinical
In Psycho a psychiatrist (the young Simon Oakland) tells us in clinical terms what we've seen.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“Your children are beautiful,” the audience member, who identified herself as a clinical social worker, began.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
She had enrolled at Maimonides University in North Miami Beach in order to work towards a degree in clinical sexology.
Throughout her life, she faced public ridicule, legal persecution and, eventually, redemption through a PhD in clinical sexology.
Dr. Grenci obtained her doctorate in clinical sexology in 2007.
Clinical observation supports this contention in many cases.
Clinical observation has not yet gained much by these methods.
Such, then, are some "cases" discussed in a sort of clinical lecture.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
First, there is the little ceremony of the clinical thermometers.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
I also attended regularly the clinical wards in the hospital.The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
- 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 directlya clinical lecture; clinical medicine
- scientifically detached; strictly objectivea clinical attitude to life
- plain, simple, and usually unattractiveclinical furniture
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Word Origin and History for clinical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to the bedside treatment of a patient or to the course of the disease.
- Relating to the observed symptoms and course of a disease.
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