preclinical

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

Definition of preclinical

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or concerned with the period preceding clinical manifestations

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry

  3. 3 :  occurring prior to clinical testing <a preclinical animal study of a new therapy>

1926

First Known Use of preclinical

1926


Medical Dictionary

preclinical

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

Medical Definition of preclinical

  1. 1a:  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. 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. 3:  of, relating to, or being a science basic to medicine <research in the preclinical sciences>


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