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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policlinic in Medicine


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