pre·​sur·​gi·​cal ˌprē-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce presurgical (audio)
variants or presurgery
ˌprē-ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce presurgical (audio)
or pre-surgical or pre-surgery
: of, relating to, or occurring before surgery
It is not surprising that nasal and sinus surgeons have uniformly discovered that the more severe the presurgical stage of disease, the more frequent and recalcitrant are the recurrences …Paul H. Toffel
The presurgery preliminaries moved swiftly and smoothly.Nita Jager

Examples of presurgical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One option is the use of presurgical endocrine therapy (give tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor three to four weeks before going to surgery) to measure endocrine responsiveness). Nathalie McDowell Johnson, STAT, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of presurgical was in 1901

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“Presurgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​sur·​gi·​cal ˌprē-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce presurgical (audio)
: occurring before, performed before, or preliminary to surgery
presurgical care
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