prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of prenatal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aim is to find ways to engage Black fathers in not only raising their children, but also in their prenatal care. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2021 The risk of legal or state intervention for forgoing prenatal care or refusing medical interventions is borne particularly by poor women and women of color. Rebecca Grant, Marie Claire, 9 June 2021 The bill would also extend prenatal care through HUSKY to women in households earning up to 263% of the federal poverty level. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, 8 June 2021 Another factor driving the deaths of women in pregnancy is that the country’s overwhelmed health system has meant less prenatal care for babies and mothers, say doctors. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, 27 May 2021 The condition can be diagnosed through various prenatal screening tests. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 In August last year, most NHS trusts would still not allow partners to attend prenatal scans and as the months drew on, the rules women were subject to became something of a postcode lottery. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 28 May 2021 In my experience, playing music can be a powerful source of prenatal communication. Neil Moore, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2021 Included are an extension of the Bay Trail, a soccer field, a 25,000 square foot YMCA, a day care center and 36 units of housing run by a homeless prenatal group. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Prenatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prenatal. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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prenatal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prenatal

medical : relating to pregnant women and their unborn babies

prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal | \ -ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \ adverb

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