Definition of clinic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklɪnɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪnɪk//
    Hospitals, Buildings
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  1. 1a building or part of a hospital where people can go for special medical treatment or advice the local family planning clinic See related entries: Hospitals, Buildings
  2. 2(especially British English) a period of time during which doctors give special medical treatment or advice The antenatal clinic is on Wednesdays. Doctors held a special clinic to talk to worried parents after a child at the school died of meningitis.
  3. 3(especially British English) a private hospital or one that treats health problems of a particular kind He is being treated at the London clinic. a rehabilitation clinic for alcoholics See related entries: Hospitals
  4. 4(North American English) a building shared by a group of doctors who work together See related entries: Buildings
  5. 5an occasion in a hospital when medical students learn by watching a specialist examine and treat patients
  6. 6an occasion at which a professional person, especially a sportsman or sportswoman gives advice and training a coaching clinic for young tennis players
  7. Word Originmid 19th cent. (in the sense ‘teaching of medicine at the bedside’): from French clinique, from Greek klinikē (tekhnē) ‘bedside (art)’, from klinē ‘bed’.Extra examples He was treated at the hospital’s eye clinic. Holmes put on a boxing clinic and beat Shavers twelve out of twelve rounds. She is being treated at a diabetic clinic. She works in a birth control clinic. The clinic is staffed by volunteers. The surgery holds a baby clinic every Wednesday afternoon. We operate free rural health clinics. a clinic for asthma sufferers He is being treated at a clinic in Harley Street. Most of the crash victims were treated in a local clinic but a 13-year-old was hospitalized. She was ordered to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic. Your local family planning clinic can give you advice about birth control.
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