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Definition of clinical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] relating to the examination and treatment of patients and their illnesses clinical research (= done on patients, not just considering theory) clinical training (= the part of a doctor's training done in a hospital) clinical trials of a drug
  2. 2(disapproving) cold and calm and without feeling or sympathy He watched her suffering with clinical detachment.
  3. 3(disapproving) (of a room, building, etc.) very plain; without decoration Everything in the nursery was white and clinical and there were no pictures on the walls.
adverb clinically dead (= judged to be dead from the condition of the body) clinically depressed
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clinical