Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[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
First recorded in 1930-35; pre- + clinical
Related forms
preclinically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

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

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for preclinical

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for preclinical

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for preclinical