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adjective clinical pronunciation in British English /ˈklɪnɪk(ə)l/
  1. 1
    [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.
    1. a.
      relating to an illness
      clinical signs/symptoms: They may be unaware that they have any clinical symptoms.
  2. 2
    not showing any excitement or emotion
    He told us the story in a cold and clinical manner.
  3. 3
    mainly journalism very skilful and effective
    They played some excellent football and their passing was clinical.
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 clinical pronunciation in British English /ˈklɪnɪkli/ adverb
He was eventually diagnosed as clinically depressed.


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