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postoperative

[pohst-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv] /poʊstˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv/
adjective
1.
occurring after a surgical operation.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; post- + operative
Related forms
postoperatively, adverb
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Examples from the web for postoperative
  • For example, they are routinely applied to incisions during surgery to forestall postoperative infections.
  • Only for adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting did they find clear evidence that acupuncture was efficacious.
  • The incisions are small, and there is less postoperative pain and disability than with the open procedure.
  • Some postoperative photographs next to the jars show patients with tumors bulging from their heads.
  • Geriatric patients have a high risk of developing postoperative cognitive deficits.
British Dictionary definitions for postoperative

postoperative

/pəʊstˈɒpərətɪv; -ˈɒprətɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or occurring in the period following a surgical operation
Derived Forms
postoperatively, adverb
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postoperative in Medicine

postoperative post·op·er·a·tive (pōst-ŏp'ər-ə-tĭv, -ŏp'rə-, -ŏp'ə-rā'-)
adj.
Happening or done after a surgical operation.

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