1 adj Clinical means involving or relating to the direct medical treatment or testing of patients. (MEDICAL) ADJ n
The first clinical trials were expected to begin next year., ...a clinical psychologist.
clinically adv usu ADV adj/-ed
It has been clinically proved that it is better to stretch the tight muscles first.
2 adj You use clinical to describe thought or behaviour which is very logical and does not involve any emotion.
(=impersonal) All this questioning is so analytical and clinical<endash>it kills romance.
clinical trial ( clinical trials plural ) When a new type of drug or medical treatment undergoes clinical trials, it is tested directly on patients to see if it is effective. n-count
Two rival laser surgery systems are undergoing clinical trials in the US.
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