preexisting

adjective pre·ex·ist·ing \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ \

Definition of preexisting

: existing at an earlier time
  • a preexisting medical condition

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First Known Use of preexisting

1599


PREEXISTING Defined for English Language Learners

preexisting

adjective

Definition of preexisting for English Language Learners

  • : existing at an earlier time : existing before something else


Medical Dictionary

preexisting

adjective pre·ex·ist·ing \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ \
variants: or pre-existing

medical Definition of preexisting

: existing or present earlier or before a certain point of time
  • In 1990, over 60 percent of group health insurance plans contained exclusions of coverage for preexisting conditions, signifying the denial of benefits for any illness present at the time the insurance is obtained.
  • —Thomas Bodenheimer, in The New England Journal of Medicine23 June 1992

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