preoperative

adjective

pre·​op·​er·​a·​tive (ˌ)prē-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce preoperative (audio)
-pə-ˌrā-
1
: occurring before a surgical operation
preoperative care
2
: having not yet undergone a surgical operation
preoperatively adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Just like most plastic surgeries, there are standard preoperative procedures to follow that you will be guided through pre-surgery. Emily Rekstis, Allure, 4 Oct. 2022 Among them are newborn preoperative patients and children after cardiac surgery, many of whom are in serious condition. Time, 28 Feb. 2022 In the March case, records cited by the board said the patient had major abdominal and back surgery — and the preoperative forms don't document consent or notice. Brian Witte, ajc, 29 Oct. 2021 Each morning, the Falahs set out for the dizzying array of preoperative tests at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Lynda Schuster, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 The hours involved in medically optimizing a patient and planning postoperative care shifted from the inpatient admission to the preoperative period, where none of these efforts are financially captured. Prem Ramkumar, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 The error occurred after a hospital worker mistakenly put a preoperative mark on the wrong leg, the hospital said. Rob Picheta, CNN, 21 May 2021 Twenty small rooms for preoperative patients are being readied for coronavirus care, as is space that had been occupied by physical rehabilitation equipment and offices. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2020 Giulianotti greeted the support team and took me over to a monitor, to look at a preoperative black-and-white scan of the patient’s innards. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preoperative was in 1886

Dictionary Entries Near preoperative

Cite this Entry

“Preoperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preoperative. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

preoperative

adjective

pre·​op·​er·​a·​tive (ˈ)prē-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce preoperative (audio)
1
: occurring, performed, or administered before and usually close to a surgical operation
preoperative care
preoperative medication
2
: having not yet undergone a surgical operation
preoperative patients
preoperatively adverb
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