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[pree-neyt-l] /priˈneɪt l/
previous to birth or to giving birth:
prenatal care for mothers.
Origin of prenatal
First recorded in 1820-30; pre- + natal
Related forms
prenatally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Gud turned from the child with the prenatally cultivated mind and went on his way sorrowfully.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • I was prenatally made a votive offering for the preservation of my father's life, for his restoration to my mother safe and sound.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • prenatally blessed by many lives of lonely meditation, you must now mingle in the world of men.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for prenatally


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



1826, formed in English from pre- + natal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prenatally in Medicine

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

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

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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