preoperative


pre·op·er·a·tive

adjective \(ˌ)prē-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, -pə-ˌrā-\

medical : happening before an operation

Full Definition of PREOPERATIVE

1
:  occurring before a surgical operation <preoperative care>
2
:  having not yet undergone a surgical operation
pre·op·er·a·tive·ly adverb

First Known Use of PREOPERATIVE

1904

pre·op·er·a·tive

adjective \(ˈ)prē-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PREOPERATIVE

1
: occurring, performed, or administered before and usually close to a surgical operation <preoperative care> <preoperative medication>
2
: having not yet undergone a surgical operation <preoperative patients>
pre·op·er·a·tive·ly adverb

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