Definition of clinic in English:


Line breaks: clin¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈklɪnɪk


  • 1A place or hospital department where outpatients are given medical treatment or advice, especially of a specialist nature: an antenatal clinic
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    • It has hospitals, medical clinics, a mental health research institute, and two public broadcasting stations.
    • HIV treatment is managed by specialist outpatient clinics, staffed by doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
    • It can be done in a clinic, hospital outpatient department or doctor's surgery.
    medical centre, health centre, outpatients' department, surgery, doctor's, polyclinic
  • 1.1chiefly British An occasion or time when medical treatment or advice is given: we’re now holding regular clinics
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    • Doctors have now put her on a two-year programme of intensive treatment which includes bouts of chemotherapy and regular check-up clinics at St James's.
    • Referral to a wheelchair clinic for specialist seating advice is also important at the appropriate stage of the condition.
    • Women who attended the antenatal clinics of a medical center in the United Kingdom were recruited for the study.
  • 1.2A gathering at a hospital bedside for the teaching of medicine or surgery.
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    • Gastroenterology clinics at Neath are dedicated to the specialty, whereas at Morriston the clinics also cover general medicine.
    • The authors assessed patients who were attending anticoagulation clinics in five Canadian teaching hospitals.
    • We based this review on our extensive clinical experience in managing patients in a dedicated tinea capitis clinic at a teaching hospital.
  • 2A conference or short course on a particular subject: a drum clinic
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    • It caters for all the family, from junior sessions and beginners' courses to personal coaching clinics.
    • Most communities have courses that offer junior clinics.
    • The clinics take place in courses of seven weeks, with appointments of one hour each week.


mid 19th century (in the sense 'teaching of medicine at the bedside'): from French clinique, from Greek klinikē (tekhnē) 'bedside (art)', from klinē 'bed'.

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