clinical: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (klin'i-kul), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to a clinic.
  2. concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory.
  3. extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical: She regarded him with clinical detachment.
  4. pertaining to or used in a sickroom: a clinical bandage.
    1. (of a sacrament) administered on a deathbed or sickbed.
    2. (of a convert or conversion) made on a deathbed or sickbed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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