pre·​med·​i·​cal (ˌ)prē-ˈme-di-kəl How to pronounce premedical (audio)
: preceding and preparing for the professional study of medicine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas, a Black man born in Louisiana in 1910, enrolled in an HBCU as a premedical student. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 1 Oct. 2022 Fauci enrolled in 1958 and was pleased to find that the university took a broad view of premedical studies. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Bachman's overall grade point average at Miami was 3.31 as a pre-med microbiology major with a minor in premedical studies. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 12 July 2021 There, Hart entered the premedical department, joined numerous organizations and founded the school’s first ever women’s debate club. Leo Deluca, Scientific American, 10 June 2021 Poor as the family was, Marie and her sister, Bronisława, made a deal: Marie would fund her sister’s premedical education, and eventually the favor would be returned. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 16 Mar. 2021 Along with predentistry students, premedical and preveterinary students will also join the trip. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2020 Black physicians are underrepresented in medicine at all levels: from premedical pathway programs to faculty and leadership positions. Diana M. Cejas, STAT, 9 July 2020 Kim plans to pursue premedical and biology studies at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. cleveland, 3 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premedical was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Premedical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


pre·​med·​i·​cal (ˈ)prē-ˈmed-i-kəl How to pronounce premedical (audio)
: coming before and preparing for the study of medicine

Medical Definition


pre·​med·​i·​cal ˌprē-ˈmed-i-kəl How to pronounce premedical (audio)
: preceding and preparing for the professional study of medicine
a premedical course at a university
a premedical student
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