postoperative

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adjective post·op·er·a·tive \ˌpōst-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, -pə-ˌrā-\

Definition of postoperative

  1. 1 :  following a surgical operation postoperative care

  2. 2 :  having recently undergone a surgical operation a postoperative patient

postoperatively

adverb

Origin and Etymology of postoperative

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1872


POSTOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

postoperative

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adjective post·op·er·a·tive \ˌpōst-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, -pə-ˌrā-\

Definition of postoperative for English Language Learners

  • : happening after an operation

  • : having had an operation recently


Medical Dictionary

postoperative

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adjective post·op·er·a·tive \ˈpōst-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv\

Medical Definition of postoperative

  1. 1:  relating to, occurring in, or being the period following a surgical operation postoperative care

  2. 2:  having recently undergone a surgical operation a postoperative patient

postoperatively

adverb


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