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

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First Known Use of preoperative

1886


PREOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

preoperative

adjective

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

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