Definition of "clinical" []

  • Of, relating to, or connected with a clinic. (adjective)
  • Involving or based on direct observation of the patient: a clinical diagnosis. (adjective)
  • Very objective and devoid of emotion; analytical: "He spoke in the clipped, clinical monotones typical of police testimony in court” ( Connie Paige). (adjective)
  • Suggestive of a medical clinic; austere and antiseptic: a clinical style of decor. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a clinic (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or relating to the bedside of a patient, the course of a disease, or the observation and treatment of patients directly (adjective)
  • Scientifically detached; strictly objective (adjective)
  • Plain, simple, and usually unattractive (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "clinical" in a sentence
  • "Mental illness: When people believe they change into an animal form theriomorphosis, or possess supernatural non-human animal traits, the term clinical lycanthropy is often used."
  • "I know the term clinical depression quite well because I am taking anti depressants at the moment."
  • "I have a question which picks up on a theme that Dr. Sachs has put forth in the past which he called clinical economics, meaning that you need to look at the specifics, a particular locale, to determine what's necessary."