1. Of, relating to, or connected with a clinic.
2. Involving or based on direct observation of a patient: a clinical diagnosis; clinical research.
3. Objective and devoid of emotion; coolly analytical: "He spoke in the clipped, clinical monotones typical of police testimony in court" (Connie Paige).
4. Suggestive of a medical clinic; austere and antiseptic: a clinical style of decor.
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