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[an-tee-neyt-l] /ˌæn tiˈneɪt l/
an antenatal clinic.
Origin of antenatal
First recorded in 1810-20; ante- + natal
Related forms
antenatally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The reminiscence of some antenatal incarnation of his own soul?

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • But deep within her the antenatal thing that lay here had a dream.

    Dreams Olive Schreiner
  • If I was born of you, there must have been some juggling with my soul in antenatal regions!

    The Flight of the Shadow George MacDonald
  • The very habit of our thoughts may be persuaded one way unawares by their antenatal history.

    The Rhythm of Life Alice Meynell
  • The importance of antenatal puericulture was fully recognized in China a thousand years ago.

  • It was as if her folding arms had been his antenatal hiding-place; as if she had brought him forth with anguish a second time.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • It exists only in the psychic vacuum of antenatal life, or perhaps only in the potentiality of the germ plasm.

  • Of all the vain wishes, the retroactive pluperfect are the vainest, and an antenatal wish is sublimely ridiculous.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He knew his antenatal history, knew it in every detail, and it was a thing to keep causes well before him.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for antenatal


occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
(informal) Also called prenatal. an examination during pregnancy
Derived Forms
antenatally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antenatal

"before birth," 1798, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + natal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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antenatal in Medicine

antenatal an·te·na·tal (ān'tē-nāt'l)
See prenatal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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