Definition of postoperative
1 : following a surgical operation postoperative care
2 : having recently undergone a surgical operation a postoperative patient
Recent Examples of postoperative from the Web
In the U.S. and Asia, however, more than half of surgeons recommend a postoperative implant massage, while surgeons in all other countries don't.
Long wrote in the postoperative report, according to the Hamilton Spectator.
Normally, postoperative ileus goes away on its own in about three or four days after an operation, but people can be uncomfortable while the condition lasts, the meta-analysis said.
Every grown-up had told me that my dad would be fine despite postoperative complications.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe or postoperative pain.
The authors, Dr. Barbara A. Parker and John P. Pierce of the University of California, San Diego, said breast cancer patients who quit smoking can add significantly to the benefits of postoperative chemotherapy and radiation.
In experiments with postoperative patients, for example, prescription pain medications lost half their effectiveness when the patient did not know that he or she had just been given a painkiller.
Thus, removal of antibiotics would increase postoperative infection by 1-50% and deaths by 0-30%.
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Origin and Etymology of postoperative
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
POSTOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of postoperative for English Language Learners
: happening after an operation
: having had an operation recently
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
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