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Definition of Clinical

Clinical: 1. Having to do with the examination and treatment of patients. 2. Applicable to patients. For example, a laboratory test may be of clinical value.

The term comes through the French "clinique" from the Greek "kline" (a couch or bed).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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