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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)

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.

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."