Definition of clinical in English:

clinical

Syllabification: clin·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈklinikəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or relating to the observation and treatment of actual patients rather than theoretical or laboratory studies: clinical medicine clinical drug trials
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    • In this study we describe the clinical and laboratory features of the patients with and without mycobacteraemia.
    • Most patients in clinical trials had osteolytic bone metastases on imaging studies.
    • The study, involving clinical trials on Christie patients, will cost around £40,000.
  • 1.1(Of a disease or condition) causing observable and recognizable symptoms: clinical depression
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    • These trials compared SSRIs with placebo in adults with depression and other clinical conditions.
    • Sahn and Hefner recently reviewed the clinical condition of spontaneous pneumothorax.
    • Aspirin induced asthma is a distinct clinical syndrome affecting some asthmatic patients.

Origin

late 18th century: from Greek klinikē 'bedside' (see clinic) + -al.

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