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

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 NBC Los Angeles reported Ryan was headed with her son to an appointment with her prenatal doctor, who was to update her on her pregnancy, when her vehicle was struck. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2022 Even for those who can afford it, prenatal genetic counseling may become increasingly hard to find. Laura Hercher, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2022 Fathers who also accompanied the mother on a prenatal visit were more likely to engage in father-child activities later in the child’s life. Sophie Okolo, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Coupled with an Aveda salon, the spa takes pride in a wide array of treatments, with some focus on prenatal services for mommies-to-be. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 The only successful amendment came from bill author Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, and requested that Medicaid provide noninvasive prenatal screening and routine carrier screening to all women in all stages of pregnancy. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2022 The argument to withhold or dismiss prenatal counseling on this topic feels very paternalistic. Essence, 19 July 2022 The nurse midwife team’s work includes crucial prenatal checkups. Kaiser Health News, CNN, 15 July 2022 Expectant mothers who don’t get prenatal care — especially those with chronic and untreated diseases who are also exposed to stressful environments and even malnutrition — run the risk of developing gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. Eli Cahan, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Prenatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prenatal. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for prenatal

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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