adjective Date: 1904 1. occurring before a surgical operation <
preoperative care
2. having not yet undergone a surgical operation • preoperatively adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • preoperative — [prē äp′ər ə tiv, prē äp′ər āt΄iv] adj. of or occurring in the period before a surgical operation preoperatively adj …   English World dictionary

  • preoperative — Preceding an operation. * * * pre·op·er·a·tive ( )prē äp (ə )rət iv, äp ə .rāt adj occurring, performed, or administered before and usu. close to a surgical operation <preoperative care> <preoperative medication> pre·op·er·a·tive·ly… …   Medical dictionary

  • preoperative — pre|op|e|ra|tive [priˈɔpərətıv US ˈa:p ] adj medical relating to the time before a medical operation ≠ ↑postoperative ▪ the patient s preoperative assessment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preoperative — preoperatively, adv. /pree op euhr euh tiv, euh ray tiv, op reuh tiv/, adj. occurring or related to the period or preparations before a surgical operation. [1900 05; PRE + OPERATIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • preoperative — adjective happening before surgery …   Wiktionary

  • preoperative — adj. prior to surgery, preceding a surgical operation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preoperative — adjective before a surgical operation. Derivatives preoperatively adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • preoperative — pre·operative …   English syllables

  • preoperative — adj. before operation: referring to the condition of a patient or to treatment, such as sedation, given at this time …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • preoperative — pre•op•er•a•tive [[t]priˈɒp ər ə tɪv, əˌreɪ tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv[/t]] adj. cvb srg occurring or related to the period or preparations before a surgical operation • Etymology: 1900–05 pre•op′er•a•tive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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