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 Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney of New Haven and Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford said the extra money is needed for a variety of items like health care, education, urban aid, anti-poverty programs and prenatal care. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut liberals want the people who got richer during COVID-19 to pay more in taxes. Gov. Ned Lamont says it’s the wrong time for tax increases.," 7 May 2021 Before her home birth in Brooklyn last spring, Marzella prepared with prenatal yoga and talk therapy with a doula. Brianna Capozzi, Vogue, "Six Women Embrace the Joys of New Motherhood—Even in a Pandemic," 6 May 2021 Nurse midwives are reaching pregnant women with prenatal care so babies will be born healthy and community workers are providing COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are eligible. Sarah Ferguson, Forbes, "As COVID-19 Pandemic Rages In India, Health Workers Hold The Line," 6 May 2021 The Hammond location will continue to provide 24/7 emergency services, along with inpatient care for short stays, imaging services, laboratory services, wound care, dialysis, prenatal care and primary care. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "Franciscan to downsize Hammond facility, razing oldest parts of 100-year-old hospital; Hammond mayor says ‘It’s sad and it’s infuriating’," 4 May 2021 They were not given adequate prenatal care before giving birth, according to an investigation from the AG’s office. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Former Arizona politician sentenced for human smuggling in Utah," 21 Apr. 2021 Doctors told the family their son didn't have adequate prenatal care. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "'Turned adoption on its head': Utah judge sentences Paul Petersen on human smuggling charges," 21 Apr. 2021 And many people simply don’t know that midwifery is an option for prenatal care. Dallas News, "North Texas Black-owned birth center provides alternative for pregnant women," 5 Apr. 2021 Native American children and their families have historically had inadequate prenatal care, higher rates of premature birth and exposure to environmental stressors. Dr. Sara Yumeen, ABC News, "Why Native American children have higher rates of disability," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prenatal was in 1826

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16 May 2021

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“Prenatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prenatal. Accessed 18 May. 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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