pre·​ex·​ist·​ing | \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ How to pronounce preexisting (audio) \

Definition of preexisting

: existing at an earlier time a preexisting medical condition

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Recent Examples on the Web The Hurricanes also had inactives in safety Avantae Williams, sitting out the season due to a preexisting medical condition, and offensive tackle Issiah Walker, awaiting NCAA clearance to play off his transfer from Florida. David Furones,, "Here’s who impressed among the Hurricanes freshmen to play vs. FSU," 28 Sep. 2020 This is given to individuals who are at least 40 years of age who have COVID and who have another preexisting medical condition. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Medical experts discuss COVID-19 trials and when a vaccine might be available in North Texas.," 21 Sep. 2020 The people named in the lawsuit, filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, had preexisting medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, among other conditions. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Alleged unwanted hysterectomies and other abuses at ICE facility prompts investigation," 18 Sep. 2020 Freshman safety Avantae Williams is also unavailable for the season due to a preexisting medical condition that was found by Miami doctors upon his enrollment. David Furones,, "Miami Hurricanes QB Tate Martell opts out of season," 18 Sep. 2020 Forty percent of the women were 35 or older and one third had a preexisting medical condition. NBC News, "13 high school students test positive after unsanctioned prom," 9 June 2020 That includes inmates 65 years old and older and those with certain preexisting medical conditions. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Judge: BOP hasn’t complied with order to address coronavirus at Ohio federal prison," 19 May 2020 The lawyers argued that Manafort, who is 71 years old and has preexisting conditions, was a high-risk patient if the virus were to spread through the facility. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Paul Manafort released to home confinement over coronavirus concerns," 13 May 2020 Many consumers, especially senior citizens and those with preexisting conditions, will probably shy away from crowds for the foreseeable future. Matt Egan, CNN, "A new threat to the economy: Americans are saving like it's the '80s again," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of preexisting

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Preexisting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preexisting

: existing at an earlier time : existing before something else


pre·​ex·​ist·​ing | \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ How to pronounce preexisting (audio) \
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 Medicine, 23 June 1992

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