an·​te·​na·​tal | \-ˈnā-tᵊl \

Definition of antenatal 

chiefly British

: prenatal antenatal diagnosis of birth defects

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antenatally \ -​ē \ adverb

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Since antenatal testing was introduced in Japan's Nagasaki region in 1987, the infection rate in the population has dropped from 7.2% to 1%. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions," 23 May 2018 New mothers, like Yasmin’s mother, also receive vital care there — at least eight antenatal visits as well as breastfeeding counseling and family-planning services after birth. Kathy Calvin, Time, "Mothers Around the World Are in Crisis. Here's How You Can Help," 12 May 2018 Once the team confirmed what was going on, Adrianna began seeing cardiologists at the Cincinnati Fetal Center, who closely watched Remington’s heart with regular fetal echocardiograms and antenatal monitoring. Trihealth,, "Cincinnati Fetal Center gives baby Remington a shot at life," 19 Mar. 2018 Cambodia, Senegal, and Rwanda have made the biggest strides since 2005 in reducing inequalities in access to contraception, antenatal care and skilled birth attendants, and cutting neonatal deaths among the poorest mothers, the report found. Kieran Guilbert, The Christian Science Monitor, "UN urges family planning assistance for the world's poorest women," 18 Oct. 2017 In many poor countries, expensive antenatal tests to identify genetic diseases are not available. The Economist, "Making facesResearchers produce images of people’s faces from their genomes," 9 Sep. 2017 This inequality probably reflects both earlier diagnosis of women, whose HIV status is checked routinely at antenatal clinics, and a more responsible female attitude towards taking any drugs prescribed. The Economist, "AIDSSome good news and some bad, in the fight against HIV," 20 July 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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an·​te·​na·​tal | \-ˈnāt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of antenatal 

chiefly British

: prenatal antenatal diagnosis of birth defects antenatal patients antenatal clinics

Other Words from antenatal

antenatally \ -​ē \ adverb
Altogether 57 cases from 31,000 pregnancies were detected antenatally. — Tim Radford, The Guardian (London), 3 Mar. 2000

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