[klin-i-kuh l]
  1. pertaining to a clinic.
  2. concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory.
  3. extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical: She regarded him with clinical detachment.
  4. pertaining to or used in a sickroom: a clinical bandage.
  5. Ecclesiastical.
    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

First recorded in 1770–80; clinic + -al1
Related formsclin·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·clin·i·cal, adjectivenon·clin·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·clin·i·cal, adjectiveo·ver·clin·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·clin·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·clin·i·cal·ly, adverbun·clin·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nonclinical


  1. of or relating to a clinic
  2. 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
  3. scientifically detached; strictly objectivea clinical attitude to life
  4. plain, simple, and usually unattractiveclinical furniture
Derived Formsclinically, adverbclinicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonclinical



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nonclinical in Medicine


  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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