Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “clinical”


adjective     /ˈklɪnɪkəl/
MEDICAL [always before noun] relating to medical treatment and tests : clinical trials / research Describing medical treatment generally
NO EMOTION only considering facts and not influenced by feelings or emotions : a clinical approach / attitude Not showing or feeling emotionsControlling emotions
clinically adverb
(Definition of clinical adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “clinical” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More