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From French clinique, from Late Latin clīnicus (a bed-ridden person, one baptized on a sick-bed, a physician), from Ancient Greek κλῑνικός (klīnikós, pertaining to a bed), from κλῑ́νη (klī́nē, bed), from κλῑ́νω (klī́nō, to lean, incline).


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


clinic (plural clinics)

A clinic for students in an American high school
  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 or other health professionals.
  5. A meeting for the diagnosis of problems, or training, on a particular subject.
    A local community group will be holding a legal clinic where low-income residents can consult a lawyer for free.
  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.
    • 1666, Sancroft, 'Lex Ignea 41:
      We are all Clinicks in this point
    • 1833, Enoch Pond, Treatise on Christian Baptism, page 43:
      The conclusion is inevitable , that pouring or sprinkling was regarded, in the primitive church, as valid baptism; and of course that immersion was not considered essential. It has been objected, indeed, that the clinics were canonically prohibited the priesthood. But why were they prohibited? Not because of the informality of their batism; but because their sincerity had not been sufficiently tested.
    • 1861, James Chrystal, A History of the Modes of Christian Baptism, page 97:
      Clinic baptism is all that is contemplated by them, and even in this case a clinic was, unless in unusual cases, debarred from orders.
    • 1865, Richard Ingham, A Hand-book on Christian Baptism:
      Whitby (on Rom. vi. 4). —"It being so expressly declared here, and Col. ii. 12, that we are buried with Christ in baptism by being buried under water; and the argument to oblige us to a conformity to His death, by dying to sin, being taken hence; and this immersion being religiously observed by all Christians for thirteen centuries, and approved by our church, and the change of it into sprinkling even without any allowance from the author of this institution, or any licence from any refusal of the cup to the laity; it were to be wished that this custom might be again of general use, and aspersion only permitted, as of old, in the case of the clinic, or in present danger of death."
    • 1874, James Wilkinson Dale, An Inquiry Into the Usage of Baptizo, page 523:
      As "baby sprinkling" is an offence which it abhors, so Clinic sprinkling is a sham which it detests.
    • 1878, William Cathcart, The Baptism of the Ages and of the Nations, page 126:
      And as the practice of immersion in baptism in the time of St. Laurence was universal except in the case of a handful of Clinics—so small that they scarcely deserve to be named—the story is unworthy of notice.
    • 1879, Henry Sweetser Burrage, The Act of Baptism: In the History of the Christian Church, page 83:
      The prejudice against clinic baptism, indeed, was such that only in exceptional cases was a clinic considered as qualified for ordination.

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