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[suhb-klin-i-kuh l]
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adjective Medicine/Medical.
  1. pertaining to an early stage of a disease; having no noticeable clinical symptoms.
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Origin of subclinical

First recorded in 1930–35; sub- + clinical
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British Dictionary definitions for subclinical


  1. med of or relating to the stage in the course of a disease before the symptoms are first noted
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Derived Formssubclinically, adverb
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subclinical in Medicine


  1. Not manifesting characteristic clinical symptoms. Used of a disease or condition.
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