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

Examples of postoperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is also boiled with herbs to form a tonic called gaesoju, which is also believed to boost stamina and aid postoperative recovery. Washington Post, "For nearly 200 dogs, a journey from a South Korean meat farm to a shelter in Maryland," 7 Nov. 2020 Still, the hospital has 120 critical-care units with beds usually reserved for patients in postoperative recovery that can be adapted to the needs of Covid-19 cases. Andrew Barnett, WSJ, "Europe Overtakes U.S. in New Cases of Covid-19," 14 Oct. 2020 Agency inspectors found a litany of problems at Harris’s private firm, Aspen Clinical Research in Orem, Utah, which had contracts to evaluate many drugs, including ones aiming to treat postoperative pain, pediatric schizophrenia, and migraines. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA’s own documents reveal agency’s lax, slow, and secretive oversight of clinical research," 1 Oct. 2020 Uveitis is a leading cause of complications after cataract surgery in dogs, Scott says, and the management of postoperative inflammation inside the eye is a major challenge in both veterinary and human ophthalmology. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Turmeric and canine uveitis: Not so far-fetched," 29 Aug. 2020 Nonetheless, the researchers developed the locust version of laparoscopic surgery to ensure the postoperative insects were still basically okay. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Just Some Cyborg Locusts That Can Sniff Out Bombs," 19 Aug. 2020 According to Nada Milosavljevic, MD, medical director of BodyLogicMD, applying pressure to this point has been used to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting and has a therapeutic effect on those dealing with chronic stress and anxiety. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, "How to Relieve Stress, According to Experts," 1 July 2020 Writers in lockdown are, like everyone else, feeling pale and postoperative. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘Wuhan Diary’ Offers an Angry and Eerie View From Inside Quarantine," 15 May 2020 Identifying the risk factors behind costly postoperative readmissions in UPMC’s network of 40 hospitals has been Marroquin’s priority. Scientific American, "An Unconventional Path To Improving Healthcare," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of postoperative

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postoperative

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The first known use of postoperative was in 1872

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13 Nov 2020

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“Postoperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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