Definition of clinical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clinical

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈklɪnɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪnɪkl//
     
     
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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. How can you be so cold and clinical about your son’s accident?
  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.
  4. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from Greek klinikē ‘bedside’, from klinē ‘bed’. + -al.Extra examples How can you be so cold and clinical about your son’s accident? She regarded her patients from a purely clinical standpoint.
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