pre·​na·​tal | \(ˌ)prē-ˈnā-tᵊl \

Definition of prenatal 

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

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Other Words from prenatal

prenatally \(ˌ)prē-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of prenatal in a Sentence

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Crockett applied for a grant from the March of Dimes to start offering group prenatal care. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 In the end, lawmakers agreed to a budget that shelved the Democrats’ tax increases and also the Republicans’ cuts to Medicaid and prenatal care. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Former Gov. Gary Locke attacks Dino Rossi’s budget claims in 8th Congressional District campaign," 25 Oct. 2018 Vaginal infections can occur during pregnancy, so if something about your discharge doesn’t seem right, tell your prenatal care provider. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What Your Vaginal Discharge Might Be Trying to Tell You," 9 Aug. 2018 But the dinner scene also jabs at a culture so unforgiving that mothers are exhorted to reclaim their prenatal figure, or to return to work, with preternatural haste. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Charlize Theron Explores Motherhood’s Discontents in “Tully”," 4 May 2018 The last surgeon general public health advisory was issued in 2005 and focused on prenatal alcohol exposure. Fox News, "Surgeon general urges Americans to carry overdose antidote," 5 Apr. 2018 Addressing an Italian family association on Saturday, the pope equated the contemporary termination of pregnancies in response to fetal maladies or defects discovered through prenatal testing to the policies of Hitler’s Germany. ... Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Likens Abortion to Nazi Eugenics," 16 June 2018 But its various business units have been spread around disparate dark office parks; a research and development center in Mission Bay, prenatal testing in Redwood City, and a software division in Santa Clara. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Biotech Gets Some Silicon Valley Shine at Illumina’s New Campus," 19 Apr. 2018 For example, there may be economic and/or family cultural reasons a woman does not seek prenatal careThat’s why the knowledge and experience a Health Start community worker brings to the situation can be critical. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Lottery assists Arizona families in need," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prenatal

medical : relating to pregnant women and their unborn babies


pre·​na·​tal | \-ˈnāt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of prenatal 

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

Other Words from prenatal

prenatally \-​ē \ adverb

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