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Etymology of clinic

Posted by Johannes on 31 January 2009

Etymology of clinic

The word clinic derives from the Latin clinicus (a bedridden person, a physician attending such), which is a transliteration of the Greek clinicos (κλινικός) from clini (bed; κλίνη) from the verb clino (to slope, incline, bend; κλίνω) .

See also “Etymology of climate” (Post 70)

From the same root
clinical, policlinic

In modern Greek
a) clinici: clinic [κλινική]

b) clinicos: clinical [κλινικός]

c) clini: bed [κλίνη]

d) cliniris: bedridden, confined to one’s bed [κλινήρης]

e) clino: incline, slope [κλίνω]

f) clisi: inclination, bent [κλίση]

Η λέξη clinic (κλινική) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό clinicus, το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού κλινικός από το κλίνη (από το ρήμα κλίνω).

Post 71.


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