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clinical

Line breaks: clin|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈklɪnɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of clinical in English:

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.
2Very efficient and without feeling; coldly detached: nothing was left to chance—everything was clinical
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  • Behavioural research derives its authority from notions of scientific rigour and clinical detachment.
  • I want it to be efficient, clinical, impartial and polite.
  • Some have accused her of coldness, of clinical detachment.
Synonyms
detached, impersonal, dispassionate, objective, uninvolved, distant, remote, aloof, removed, cold, indifferent, neutral, unsympathetic, unfeeling, unemotional, non-emotional, unsentimental;
scientific, analytic, rational, logical, hard-headed, sober, businesslike
2.1(Of a room or building) bare, functional, and clean: the room was white and clinical
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  • We can offer you clinical facilities at the JFK Hospital to begin with, and we will ask to use your expertise to help us equip whatever surgical room you will need.
  • The hospitals were commended for their good signposting, bright and uncluttered corridors and clinical areas with helpful and organised support staff.
  • A museum is necessarily clinical, and as a professor of history I can walk through it with the detachment and assurance of a doctor.
Synonyms
plain, simple, unadorned, unornamented, unembellished, stark, austere, severe, spartan, ascetic, monastic, bleak, bare, chaste, cheerless;
clean;
functional, basic, institutional, impersonal, characterless, soulless, colourless, antiseptic
informal no frills

Origin

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

Derivatives

clinically

1
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.

Words that rhyme with clinical

cynical, dominical, finical, Jacobinical, pinnacle, rabbinical

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