Etymology
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clinical (adj.)

1780, "pertaining to hospital patients or hospital care," from clinic + -al (2). Meaning "coldly dispassionate" (like a medical report) is recorded from 1928. The earlier adjective was clinic "of or pertaining to the sick-bed" (1620s). Related: Clinically.

updated on December 29, 2017

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Definitions of clinical from WordNet

clinical (adj.)
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
clinical (adj.)
scientifically detached; unemotional;
he spoke in the clipped clinical monotones typical of police testimony
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