clinical Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “clinical” - English Dictionary

"clinical" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations


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.
More examples

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)
Blogs about "clinical"
What is the pronunciation of clinical?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


a large group of soldiers who form a part of an army, especially the ancient Roman army

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More