Pronunciation: (klin'i-kul), [key]
1. pertaining to a clinic.
2. concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory.
3. extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical: She regarded him with clinical detachment.
4. pertaining to or used in a sickroom: a clinical bandage.
a. (of a sacrament) administered on a deathbed or sickbed.
b. (of a convert or conversion) made on a deathbed or sickbed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.