Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A facility, often associated with a hospital or medical school, that is devoted to the diagnosis and care of outpatients.
  • noun A medical establishment run by several specialists working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.
  • noun A group session offering counsel or instruction in a particular field or activity.
  • noun A seminar or meeting of physicians and medical students in which medical instruction is conducted in the presence of the patient, as at the bedside.
  • noun A place where such instruction occurs.
  • noun A class or lecture of medical instruction conducted in this manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as dispensary, 2.
  • Same as clinical.
  • noun One confined to bed by sickness.
  • noun Eccles., formerly, one who received baptism on a sick-bed.
  • noun In medicine, an examination of a patient by an instructor in the presence of his students, accompanied by remarks on the nature and treatment of the case. Also written clinique.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One confined to the bed by sickness.
  • noun (Eccl.), obsolete One who receives baptism on a sick bed.
  • noun (Med.) a medical facility, often connected with a school or hospital, which treats primarily outpatients.
  • noun (Med.) A school, or a session of a school or class, in which medicine or surgery is taught by the examination and treatment of patients in the presence of the pupils.
  • noun a lesson or series of lessons taught to persons not expert in some activity, in which the errors of the students are pointed out, and remedial actions are suggested.
  • noun (sports), fig. a performance so excellent as to be considered a model for emulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A medical facility, such as a hospital, especially one for the treatment and diagnosis of outpatients.
  • noun A group practice of several physicians.
  • noun A meeting for the diagnosis of problems, or training, on a particular subject.
  • noun A temporary office arranged on a regular basis to allow politicians to meet their constituents.
  • noun wrestling A series of workouts used to build skills of practitioners regardless of team affiliation.
  • noun obsolete One confined to bed by sickness.
  • noun obsolete One who receives baptism on a sickbed.
  • noun medicine, obsolete A school, or a session of a school or class, in which medicine or surgery is taught by the examination and treatment of patients in the presence of the pupils.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity
  • noun a healthcare facility for outpatient care
  • noun a medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French clinique, from Greek klīnikē (tekhnē), clinical (method), feminine of klīnikos, from klīnē, couch, bed; see clinandrium.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French clinique, from Late Latin clinicus ("a bed-ridden person, one baptized on a sick-bed, a physician"), from Ancient Greek κλινικός (klinikos, "pertaining to a bed"), from κλίνη (klinē, "bed"), from κλίνειν (klinein, "to lean, incline").

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