preexisting

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

Definition of preexisting

  1. :  existing at an earlier time a preexisting medical condition

1599

First Known Use of preexisting

1599


PREEXISTING Defined for English Language Learners

preexisting

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

Definition of preexisting for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

preexisting

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

Medical Definition of preexisting

  1. :  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 Medicine, 23 June 1992


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