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[pree-klin-i-kuh l] /priˈklɪn ɪ kəl/
adjective, Medicine/Medical
of or relating to the period prior to the appearance of the symptoms.
Origin of preclinical
1930-35; pre- + clinical
Related forms
preclinically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for preclinical


adjective (med)
of, relating to, or occurring during the early phases of a disease before accurate diagnosis is possible
of, relating to, or designating an early period of scientific study by a medical student before practical experience with patients
Derived Forms
preclinically, adverb
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preclinical in Medicine

preclinical pre·clin·i·cal (prē-klĭn'ĭ-kəl)

  1. Of or relating to the period of a disease before the appearance of symptoms.

  2. Of or being a period in medical education before the student is involved with patients and clinical work.

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