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

  • adj. Not manifesting characteristic clinical symptoms. Used of a disease or condition.

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  • adj. Of a disease or injury, without signs and symptoms that are detectable by physical examination or laboratory test; not clinically manifest.

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  • adj. relating to the stage in the development of a disease before the symptoms are observed


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  • However, if you consider the fact that the investigators in most studies of ADHD are more rigorous in their election process than clinicians, who often diagnose and prescribe stimulants for "subclinical" cases, the percentage of nongenetic impulsive/inattentive behavior is probably far higher than 85%.

    Daniel Goldin: ADHD proven to be a genetic disorder! Well, maybe not.

  • But they can also cause "subclinical" infections that, despite a lack of symptoms, are the single biggest risk factor for cervical cancer.

    Better Safe Than Sorry

  • Whatever the neurological effects of fluoride are exactly, Williams argues that the antifluoridationists lost the debate - at least for now - simply because the good effects of fluoride are more perceptible than the time-latent, sometimes merely "subclinical" neurological effects that apparently result from the ingestion of fluoride.

    Ethical Technology

  • At-risk women have more than one major risk factor for heart disease (such as cigarette smoking, poor diet, inactivity, obesity, family history of early heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, evidence of '' subclinical '' vascular disease, metabolic syndrome, or poor treadmill test results).

    WebMD Health

  • I think it's also worth asking why it is that we sympathize with clinical forms of mental illness, but condemn the subclinical forms.

    Brian Hall - An interview with author

  • I would like to see someone take an obese population, rigorously diagnose the “subclinical” conditions such as depression, arthritis, low thyroid (which may still have levels in the “normal” range but nevertheless be low for that individual), asthma, and so on, treat them effectively and completely, and then see what happens with weight.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Truth TOPS Bias at TOS Meeting

  • It turns out that she is taking an antidepressant—prescribed by a psychiatrist to whom Coché referred her when she and her first husband were splitting up—but the dose is so small that many doctors would consider it “subclinical,” or not enough to make any difference.


  • Many therapeutic interventions are now being developed counteracting subclinical inflammation, thereby prolonging both our health and our life span.

    Forever Young

  • He stated that this can cause an immune response that cross-reacts with the gluten and the neurons, causing subclinical brain inflammation resulting in age-related dementia.

    Forever Young

  • A type of cytokine, cell-to-cell signaling protein, adipokines can be pro-inflammatory, contributing to chronic, systemic, subclinical inflammation.

    Forever Young


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