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preclinical

adjective pre·clin·i·cal \(ˌ)prē-ˈkli-ni-kəl\

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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First Known Use of PRECLINICAL

1926
Medical Dictionary

preclinical

adjective pre·clin·i·cal \(ˈ)prē-ˈklin-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of PRECLINICAL

1
a :  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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