preclinical


pre·clin·i·cal

adjective \(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>

First Known Use of PRECLINICAL

1926

pre·clin·i·cal

adjective \(ˈ)prē-ˈklin-i-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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