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clinicaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈklɪn·ɪ·kəl/
(of ​medicalwork or ​teaching) ​relating to ​examining and ​treating someone who is ​ill: Clinical ​tests have so ​farfailed to show the ​cause of her ​illness. Clinical also ​meansconsidering a ​situation without ​showing or ​feeling any ​emotion: Mac's ​air of clinical ​disinterest did not always ​sit well with his ​associates.
(Definition of clinical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"clinical" in British English

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clinicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈklɪn.ɪ.kəl/
  • clinical adjective (MEDICAL)

C1 used to refer to ​medicalwork or ​teaching that ​relates to the ​examination and ​treatment of ​illpeople: clinical ​tests/​training the Department of Clinical Medicine Clinical trials of the new ​drug may take five ​years.

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  • clinical adjective (WITHOUT EMOTION)

C2 disapproving expressing no ​emotion or ​feelings: She ​seems to have a very clinical ​attitude towards her ​children. showing no ​character and ​warmth: We were going to ​paintourkitchenwhite, but we ​decided that would ​look too clinical.
(Definition of clinical from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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