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Definition of Clinical depression

Clinical depression: Depressed mood that meets the DSM-IV criteria for a depressive disorder. The term clinical depression is commonly used to describe depression that is a type of mental illness'not a normal, temporary mood caused by life events or grieving.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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