previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.

1820–30; pre- + natal

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prenatal (priːˈneɪtəl)
1.  occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
2.  informal a prenatal examination

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Word Origin & History

1826, formed in Eng. from pre- + natal (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

prenatal pre·na·tal (prē-nāt'l)
Preceding birth. Also called antenatal.

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Cultural Dictionary
prenatal [(pree-nayt-l)]

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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Example sentences
Most cases are diagnosed after birth now, but if the blood test is widely adopted it could become chiefly a prenatal event.
She is also certified as a prenatal yoga and aerial yoga teacher.
Syphilis screening is a routine part of prenatal care during pregnancy.
Getting the proper prenatal care may reduce the risk of some rare causes of cerebral palsy.
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