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Definition of Clinical disease

Clinical disease: A disease that has recognizable clinical signs and symptoms, as distinct from a subclinical illness, which lacks detectable signs and symptoms. Diabetes, for example, can be a subclinical disease for some years before becoming a clinical disease.

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

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