postoperative

adjective
post·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ˌpōst-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, -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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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, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West Wants to Sit Down & 'Start Healing' with His Late Mother's Surgeon," 30 Apr. 2018 This also extends to children; a study of postoperative pain management found that boys were more likely to receive codeine and girls the gentler acetaminophen. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Three Views of the Crisis in Women’s Health," 13 Mar. 2018 Two days later, Muss suffered complications from a postoperative pulmonary edema. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "From a Coma to the Olympics: How an American Snowboarder Rebounded in Less Than 4 Years," 24 Feb. 2018 The trial compared Yervoy, the current standard postoperative treatment, with Opdivo, a newer drug. Laurie Mcginley, chicagotribune.com, "The standard treatment for melanoma could soon change," 11 Sep. 2017 The trial compared Yervoy, the current standard postoperative treatment, with Opdivo, a newer drug. Laurie Mcginley, chicagotribune.com, "The standard treatment for melanoma could soon change," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of postoperative

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of postoperative was in 1872

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postoperative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of postoperative

: happening after an operation

: having had an operation recently

postoperative

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

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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postoperatively adverb

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