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From French clinique, from Late Latin clinicus (a bed-ridden person, one baptized on a sick-bed, a physician), from Ancient Greek κλινικός (klinikós, pertaining to a bed), from κλίνη (klínē, bed), from κλίνειν (klínein, to lean, incline).


  • enPR: klĭn'ĭk, IPA(key): /ˈklɪnɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪnɪk


clinic (plural clinics)

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  1. A medical facility, such as a hospital, especially one for the treatment and diagnosis of outpatients.
  2. (medicine, by extension) A hospital session to diagnose or treat patients.
  3. (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.
  4. A group practice of several physicians.
  5. A meeting for the diagnosis of problems, or training, on a particular subject.
  6. A temporary office arranged on a regular basis to allow politicians to meet their constituents.
  7. (wrestling) A series of workouts used to build skills of practitioners regardless of team affiliation.
  8. (obsolete) One confined to bed by sickness.
  9. (obsolete) One who receives baptism on a sickbed.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for clinic in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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clinic (not comparable)

  1. clinical

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From French clinique.


clinic m or n (feminine singular clinică, masculine plural clinici, feminine and neuter plural clinice)

  1. clinical