preterminal

adjective pre·ter·mi·nal \ (ˌ)prē-ˈtərm-nəl , -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

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preterminal

adjective pre·ter·mi·nal \ -ˈtərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl \

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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