[ pol-ee-klin-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈklɪn ɪk /


a department of a hospital at which outpatients are treated.

Nearby words

  1. policeman's helmet,
  2. policeperson,
  3. policewoman,
  4. polichinelle,
  5. policier,
  6. policy,
  7. policy loan,
  8. policy science,
  9. policyholder,
  10. policymaker

Origin of policlinic

1820–30; < German Poliklinik, equivalent to Greek póli(s) city + German Klinik clinic

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Word Origin and History for policlinic



1827, originally, "clinic held in a private house" (instead of a hospital), from German Poliklinik, from Greek polis "city" (see polis) + Klinik, from French clinique (see clinic).

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Medicine definitions for policlinic


[ pŏl′ē-klĭnĭk ]


The department of a hospital or health care facility that treats outpatients.

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