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[pree-med-i-kuh l]
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  1. of or relating to studies in preparation for the formal study of medicine: a premedical course.

Origin of premedical

First recorded in 1900–05; pre- + medical
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British Dictionary definitions for premedical


  1. of or relating to a course of study prerequisite for entering medical school
  2. of or relating to a person engaged in such a course of studya premedical student
Derived Formspremedically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for premedical


also pre-medical, 1881, in reference to study for medical training, from pre- + medical.

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premedical in Medicine


  1. Preparing for or relating to the studies that prepare one for the study of medicine.
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