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UK [ˈklɪnɪk(ə)l] / US adjective
a) [only before noun] involving working with people who are ill, rather than in a laboratory
clinical practice:

Undergraduate training is divided between study and clinical practice.

b) relating to an illness
clinical signs/symptoms:

They may be unaware that they have any clinical symptoms.

2) not showing any excitement or emotion

He told us the story in a cold and clinical manner.

3) mainly journalism very skilful and effective

They played some excellent football and their passing was clinical.

Derived word:
UK [ˈklɪnɪklɪ] / US adverb

He was eventually diagnosed as clinically depressed.

English dictionary. 2014.

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