[klin-i-kuh l] /ˈklɪn ɪ kəl/
pertaining to a clinic.
concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory.
extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical:
She regarded him with clinical detachment.
pertaining to or used in a sickroom:
a clinical bandage.
of or relating to a clinic
of or relating to the bedside of a patient, the course of his disease, or the observation and treatment of patients directly: a clinical lecture, clinical medicine
scientifically detached; strictly objective: a clinical attitude to life
plain, simple, and usually unattractive: clinical furniture
1780, “pertaining to hospital patients or hospital care,” from clinic + -al (2). Meaning “coldly dispassionate” (like a medical report) is recorded from 1928. Related: Clinically.
clinical clin·i·cal (klĭn’ĭ-kəl)
- Clinical death
noun the condition of a person when heartbeat and respiration have ceased; irreversible loss of function, esp. breathing and consciousness Examples The anatomical basis for the concept of clinical death resides in the loss of brain-stem function. Usage Note medicine
noun 1. Psychiatry. a depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected.
- Clinical fitness
clinical fitness n. The absence of clinically evident disease or of subclinical precursors to disease.
- Clinical diagnosis
clinical diagnosis n. Diagnosis based on a study of the signs and symptoms of a disease.