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"undergraduate student in preparation for medical school," 1934, from premedical. From 1941 as "a major in preparation for medical training." As an adjective from 1936.

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  • Been hearing about it ever since I was a pre-med student at ucla.

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  • I graduated—I went to undergraduate school at the University of Arkansas from 1950 to 1953, in pre-med.

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pre-medical college undergraduate major
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