AskDefine | Define clinical

Dictionary Definition

clinical adj
1 relating to a clinic or conducted in or as if in a clinic and depending on direct observation of patients; "clinical observation"; "clinical case study"
2 scientifically detached; unemotional; "he spoke in the clipped clinical monotones typical of police testimony"

User Contributed Dictionary



clinic + -al.


  1. of or pertaining to a medical clinic or facility.
  2. done in a cool, emotionless fashion.


of or pertaining to a medical clinic or facility
done in a cool, emotionless fashion

Extensive Definition

Clinical (Greek: κλινικος/klinikos, of the bed) can refer to:

Medicine and vetrenary medicine

  • Medical practices undertaken in a clinic or at the bedside of a patient
  • A clinical examination, also known as a physical examination, that examines a patient's body without the use of laboratory tests, x-rays or medical imagings
  • Medical care of patients who are presently ill, compared to statistical studies or experimental work tested on future or potential patients
  • The applied branches of medical sciences and professions such as clinical psychology or clinical medicine
  • A clinical trial, testing a medication or treatment versus a placebo or dummy procedure
  • Clinical governance, a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care within a health system
  • Specific conditions diagnosed from only clinical examination, such as clinical death

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