preterminal

adjective
pre·​ter·​mi·​nal | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈtərm-nəl How to pronounce preterminal (audio) , -ˈtər-mə- \

Definition of preterminal

: occurring or being in the period prior to death preterminal cancer a preterminal patient

First Known Use of preterminal

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Preterminal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preterminal. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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preterminal

adjective
pre·​ter·​mi·​nal | \ -ˈtərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce preterminal (audio) \

Medical Definition of preterminal

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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