Definition of preclinical
1 : of, relating to, or concerned with the period preceding clinical manifestations
2 : of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry
3 : occurring prior to clinical testing <a preclinical animal study of a new therapy>
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Medical Definition of preclinical
1a: of, relating to, concerned with, or being the period preceding clinical manifestations <the preclinical stage of diabetes mellitus>b: occurring prior to a clinical trial <preclinical animal testing to assess a drug's safety>
2: of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry <the preclinical years>; specifically : of or relating to the early period of prescribed medical or dental study devoted to the basic sciences (as anatomy, physiology, and pathology) <preclinical studies>
3: of, relating to, or being a science basic to medicine <research in the preclinical sciences>
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