pre natal

prenatal

[pree-neyt-l]
adjective
previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.

Origin:
1820–30; pre- + natal

prenatally, adverb
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prenatal (priːˈneɪtəl)
 
adj
1.  occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
 
n
2.  informal a prenatal examination
 
pre'natally
 
adv

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prenatal
1826, formed in Eng. from pre- + natal (q.v.).
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prenatal pre·na·tal (prē-nāt'l)
adj.
Preceding birth. Also called antenatal.

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prenatal [(pree-nayt-l)]

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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