prenatal

adjective

pre·​na·​tal (ˌ)prē-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio)
1
: occurring, existing, performed, or used before birth
prenatal care
a prenatal test
prenatal vitamins
2
: providing or receiving prenatal medical care
a prenatal clinic
prenatal patients
prenatally adverb

Examples of prenatal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decision will have sweeping consequences for prenatal medical care. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2024 Studies have shown that WIC increases the likelihood that children receive immunizations and that pregnant women receive prenatal care, and that new mothers who receive breastfeeding advice from WIC are more likely to nurse their babies. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 20 Feb. 2024 Research has shown that prenatal care can mitigate some of these risks.4 It can be challenging to get pregnant at 40. Wendy Wisner, Health, 27 Mar. 2024 Aspects of the program such as prenatal care which occur in the months before and after delivery will remain in the community. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2024 However, these forms are not generally found in prenatal supplements. Casey Seiden, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 Boltz, director of prenatal health at Wesley, said the mobile clinic offered essential access for women early in their pregnancy. The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Under the scheme, every child born from 2022 onwards receives a cash bonus of 2 million won ($1,850) to help cover prenatal expenses, in addition to a monthly payout that increases every month until the baby turns one. TIME, 1 Mar. 2024 Paid family leave:Hoping to 'raise bar' for rest of nation, NY governor proposes paid leave for prenatal care What is #PassPaidLeave? Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prenatal was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Prenatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prenatal. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal (ˈ)prē-ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio)
: occurring or existing before birth
prenatal care
prenatal development

Medical Definition

prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal -ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio)
1
: occurring, existing, performed, or used before birth
prenatal care
the prenatal period
prenatal testing
prenatal vitamins
2
: providing or receiving prenatal medical care
a prenatal clinic
a prenatal patient

called also antenatal

compare intranatal, neonatal, postnatal
prenatally adverb
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