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Topic: DRUGS, MEDICINES


clinical

adjective
     
clin‧i‧cal W3
1 [only before noun]M relating to treating or testing people who are sick:
The drug has undergone extensive clinical trials (=tests to see if it is effective in treating people).
clinical medicine/experience/training etc (=medicine etc that deals directly with people, rather than with research or ideas)
The therapy has helped people with clinical depression (=a strong feeling of sadness, for which you need medical help).
2MH relating to a hospital or clinic:
The program gives the students experience in a clinical setting.
3 considering only the facts and not influenced by personal feelings:
A formal marriage agreement sounds clinical, but it can be a good idea.
4 a clinical building or room is very plain and clean, but not attractive or comfortable:
The walls were painted a clinical white.
clinically adverb:
clinically tested drugs
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