Clinic



[klin-ik] /ˈklɪn ɪk/

noun
1.
a place, as in connection with a medical school or a hospital, for the treatment of nonresident patients, sometimes at low cost or without charge.
2.
a group of physicians, dentists, or the like, working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.
3.
a class or group convening for instruction or remedial work or for the diagnosis and treatment of specific problems:
a reading clinic; a speech clinic; a summer baseball clinic for promising young players.
4.
the instruction of medical students by examining or treating patients in their presence or by their examining or treating patients under supervision.
5.
a class of students assembled for such instruction.
6.
Sports Slang. a performance so thoroughly superior by a team or player as to be a virtual model or demonstration of excellence; rout or mismatch.
adjective
7.
of a clinic; .
/ˈklɪnɪk/
noun
1.
a place in which outpatients are given medical treatment or advice, often connected to a hospital
2.
a similar place staffed by physicians or surgeons specializing in one or more specific areas: eye clinic
3.
(Brit) a private hospital or nursing home
4.
(obsolete) the teaching of medicine to students at the bedside
5.
(US) a place in which medical lectures are given
6.
(US) a clinical lecture
7.
(mainly US & Canadian) a group or centre that offers advice or instruction: a vocational clinic
n.

1620s, from French clinique (17c.), from Latin clinicus “physician that visits patients in their beds,” from Greek klinike (techne) “(practice) at the sickbed,” from klinikos “of the bed,” from kline “bed, couch, that on which one lies,” from suffixed form of PIE root *kli- “lean, slope” (see lean (v.)).

Originally in English “bedridden person;” sense of “hospital” is 1884, from German Klinik in this sense, itself from French clinique, via the notion of “bedside medical education.” The modern sense is thus reversed from the classical, when the “clinic” came to the patient. General sense of “conference for group instruction in something” is from 1919.

clinic clin·ic (klĭn’ĭk)
n.

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