Definition of preoperative
1 : occurring before a surgical operation preoperative care
2 : having not yet undergone a surgical operation
Recent Examples of preoperative from the Web
A large public hospital, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, eliminated preoperative testing deemed superfluous before routine cataract surgery.
Ms. Voynow did not need a preoperative physical exam, blood work, an I.V. drip or even an attending anesthesiologist.
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First Known Use of preoperative
PREOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preoperative for English Language Learners
medical : happening before an operation
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
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