post·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˌpōst-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce postoperative (audio) , -pə-ˌrā-\

Definition of postoperative

1 : following a surgical operation postoperative care
2 : having recently undergone a surgical operation a postoperative patient

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Other Words from postoperative

postoperatively adverb

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In up to 30% of cases of early-stage breast cancer treated before surgery, doctors can’t find evidence of cancer cells in postoperative biopsies. Alice Park, Time, "Promising Blood Test Could Help to Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence," 8 Aug. 2019 The Portuguese operation cost $50,000, plus possibly that much more for travel, accommodations and postoperative support. Michael Hiltzik,, "A gruesome case study points to the hazards of stem cell tourism," 10 July 2019 As opioid addiction and deadly overdoses escalated into an epidemic across the U.S., thousands of surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief, according to a KHN-Johns Hopkins analysis of Medicare data. STAT, "While addiction crisis raged, many surgeons overprescribed opioids, analysis shows," 21 June 2019 On the one-year anniversary of that fateful surgery, Miller posted an uncensored photo of her postoperative scar, reflecting on her health journey and thanking those who caught the illness in time. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Officially Cancer Free," 23 May 2019 Noah underwent surgery June 25 and is believed to have developed the same postoperative syndrome — becoming irritable and speaking a bit less than normal, his father said. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too.," 7 July 2018 With postoperative specialized neuro rehabilitation, the third finger has also recovered 100 percent, as also the strength and coordination in his hand and fingers. Fox News, "Musician serenades surgeons during brain operation," 31 May 2018 Heron, which also saw good results in Phase 3 studies of hernia-repair patients, plans to seek U.S. regulatory approval for postoperative pain in the second half of this year, Dr. Quart says. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "The Heated Quest for Opioid Alternatives," 25 May 2018 The surgeon went on in the letter to suggest that Donda’s nurse Stephan Scoggins, who is also West’s cousin, did not follow postoperative care instructions. Alexia Fernandez,, "Kanye West Wants to Sit Down & 'Start Healing' with His Late Mother's Surgeon," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postoperative

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of postoperative

: happening after an operation
: having had an operation recently


post·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈpōst-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv How to pronounce postoperative (audio) \

Medical Definition of postoperative

1 : relating to, occurring in, or being the period following a surgical operation postoperative care
2 : having recently undergone a surgical operation a postoperative patient

Other Words from postoperative

postoperatively adverb

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