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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prenatally \(ˌ)prē-ˈnā-tᵊl-ē \ adverb

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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 The largest variation in quality comes with herbal products and complex formulations, like multivitamins and prenatal supplements. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 The nonprofit provides services such as prenatal screenings, mentoring for teen mothers, an emergency pantry for infants, childbirth classes and more. Krislyn Placide,, "Luncheon for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies recognizes “moments”," 21 June 2018 Failing to follow the standard of care opens prenatal caregivers to being sued for malpractice. Chris Kaposy, STAT, "Children with Down syndrome live good lives. Prenatal testing shouldn’t nudge parents toward pregnancy termination," 18 May 2018 None of the experts CNN spoke to could identify another prenatal medical treatment for the underlying cause of a genetic disorder. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Twins treated for genetic disorder in the womb," 18 May 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 \ \ adverb

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