preoperative

adjective pre·op·er·a·tive \ (ˌ)prē-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv , -pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of preoperative

1 : occurring before a surgical operation
  • preoperative care
2 : having not yet undergone a surgical operation

preoperatively

adverb

Recent Examples of preoperative from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'preoperative.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of preoperative

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

PREOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

preoperative

Definition of preoperative for English Language Learners

  • medical : happening before an operation


Medical Dictionary

preoperative

adjective pre·op·er·a·tive \ (ˈ)prē-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt- \

medical Definition of preoperative

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

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up preoperative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

in proportion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Test Your Emoji Exceptionalism

  • test-your-emoji-exceptionalism-written-with-a-lot-of-emoji
  • What is this emoji intended to represent: 🤳
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!