Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: clinique, from Greek klinike 'medical practice by the bed', from kline 'bed'


clin‧ic [countable]
1MH a place, often in a hospital, where medical treatment is given to people who do not need to stay in the hospital
dental/family planning/antenatal etc clinic
women attending an antenatal clinic
an appointment at an outpatient clinic (=clinic for someone who does not need to stay in a hospital)
2 especially British EnglishMI a period of time during which doctors give treatment or advice to people with particular health problems:
The baby clinic is held on Monday afternoons.
3 a meeting during which a professional person gives advice or help to people:
an MP's clinic
a free clinic on caring for roses
4 American EnglishMH a place where medical treatment is given at a low cost:
the doctors who volunteer at the inner-city clinic
5 American EnglishMN a group of doctors who work together and share the same offices [= practice]
6MI an occasion when medical students are taught how to decide what illness a patient has and how to treat it
WORD FOCUS: hospital WORD FOCUS: hospital
types of hospital: medical center American English (a big hospital)
maternity hospital
(for women who are having a baby)
mental hospital
/psychiatric hospital (for people who are mentally ill)
(for people receiving a particular kind of treatment)
(for people who are dying)
nursing home
(for old people)

parts of a hospital: A&E also casualty British English, emergency room American English, operating theatre British English/operating room American English, ward, unit

people in a hospital: doctor, nurse, surgeon, patient, orderly

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