Definition of clinical in English:

clinical

Line breaks: clin|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈklɪnɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating 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.

Derivatives

clinically

adverb
[as submodifier]: a clinically clean kitchen
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  • Her clinically clean kitchen design is curiously devoid of atmosphere as the hub of the 1870s Brixton boarding house, run by a mother and daughter.
  • I groaned, and woke up to see a clinically clean ceiling, and a kindly looking large Italian lady hovering over me.
  • He hugged Hayden good bye and Mr. Johnson waved to him as they left the clinically white kitchen and headed for the front door.

Origin

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

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