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prenatal

[pree-neyt-l] /priˈneɪt l/
adjective
1.
previous to birth or to giving birth:
prenatal care for mothers.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; pre- + natal
Related forms
prenatally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prenatal

prenatal

/priːˈneɪtəl/
adjective
1.
occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
noun
2.
(informal) a prenatal examination
Also called antenatal
Derived Forms
prenatally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prenatal
adj.

1826, formed in English from pre- + natal.

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prenatal in Medicine

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

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prenatal in Culture
prenatal [(pree-nayt-l)]

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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