preclinical

adjective pre·clin·i·cal \ (ˌ)prē-ˈkli-ni-kəl \

Definition of preclinical

1 :of, relating to, or concerned with the period preceding clinical manifestations
2 :of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry
3 :occurring prior to clinical testing
  • a preclinical animal study of a new therapy

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First Known Use of preclinical

1876


Medical Dictionary

preclinical

adjective pre·clin·i·cal \ (ˈ)prē-ˈklin-i-kəl \

medical Definition of preclinical

1 a :of, relating to, concerned with, or being the period preceding clinical manifestations
  • the preclinical stage of diabetes mellitus
b :occurring prior to a clinical trial
  • preclinical animal testing to assess a drug's safety
2 :of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry
  • the preclinical years
; specifically :of or relating to the early period of prescribed medical or dental study devoted to the basic sciences (as anatomy, physiology, and pathology)
  • preclinical studies
3 :of, relating to, or being a science basic to medicine
  • research in the preclinical sciences

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