preterminal

adjective

pre·​ter·​mi·​nal (ˌ)prē-ˈtərm-nəl How to pronounce preterminal (audio)
-ˈtər-mə-
: occurring or being in the period prior to death
preterminal cancer
a preterminal patient

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preterminal was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Preterminal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preterminal. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

preterminal

adjective
pre·​ter·​mi·​nal -ˈtərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce preterminal (audio)
1
: occurring or being in the period prior to death
preterminal cancer
a preterminal patient
2
: situated or occurring anterior to an end (as of a nerve)
preterminal axons
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