From French clinique, from Late Latin clinicus (“a bed-ridden person, one baptized on a sick-bed, a physician”), from Ancient Greek κλινικός (klinikos, “pertaining to a bed”), from κλίνη (klinē, “bed”), from κλίνειν (klinein, “to lean, incline”).
clinic (plural clinics)
- A medical facility, such as a hospital, especially one for the treatment and diagnosis of outpatients.
- A group practice of several physicians.
- A meeting for the diagnosis of problems, or training, on a particular subject.
- A temporary office arranged on a regular basis to allow politicians to meet their constituents.
- (wrestling) A series of workouts used to build skills of practitioners regardless of team affiliation.
- (obsolete) One confined to bed by sickness.
- (obsolete) One who receives baptism on a sickbed.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hook to this entry?)
- (medicine, obsolete) A school, or a session of a school or class, in which medicine or surgery is taught by the examination and treatment of patients in the presence of the pupils.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.