pre·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce preoperative (audio) , -pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of preoperative

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

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Other Words from preoperative

preoperatively adverb

Examples of preoperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This emergency management specialist has spent years planning for a moment like this. Here’s how an Anchorage hospital is preparing for COVID-19.," 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, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 Difficulties with billing Medicare for preoperative consultations and restructuring how physicians practice are the biggest challenges to implementing this kind of model widely. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Push To Get Older Adults In Better Shape For Surgery," 25 Jan. 2018 Gabriella was undergoing a preoperative examination at three years old when doctors found a large hole in the upper-left chamber of her heart. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Scoop Night Raises Money For CCMC," 18 Sep. 2017 Neither continuous passive motion nor preoperative exercise had an effect on pain, although the researchersdescribed the data on that as low-quality. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Can acupuncture and other nondrug therapies help pain after knee surgery?," 21 Aug. 2017 A large public hospital, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, eliminated preoperative testing deemed superfluous before routine cataract surgery. Chad Terhune,, "Needless medical tests cost $200 billion — and they can harm patients," 25 May 2017 Ms. Voynow did not need a preoperative physical exam, blood work, an I.V. drip or even an attending anesthesiologist. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open," 25 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of preoperative

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of preoperative was in 1886

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“Preoperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preoperative

medical : happening before an operation


pre·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ (ˈ)prē-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce preoperative (audio) \

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

Other Words from preoperative

preoperatively adverb

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