Definition of “clinical” - English Dictionary

“clinical” in British English

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clinicaladjective

uk /ˈklɪn.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈklɪn.ɪ.kəl/

clinical adjective (MEDICAL)

C1 used to refer to medical work or teaching that relates to the examination and treatment of ill people:

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 paint our kitchen white, but we decided that would look too clinical.

(Definition of “clinical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“clinical” in American English

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clinicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈklɪn·ɪ·kəl/

(of medical work or teaching) relating to examining and treating someone who is ill:

Clinical tests have so far failed to show the cause of her illness.

Clinical also means considering 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)