- previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.
Origin of prenatal
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Examples from the Web for prenatally
What if there were a "fat gene," and what if we could test for it prenatally?'Fat Studies' Go to College
November 3, 2010
Gud turned from the child with the prenatally cultivated mind and went on his way sorrowfully.The Book of Gud
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
Prenatally blessed by many lives of lonely meditation, you must now mingle in the world of men.Autobiography of a YOGI
- occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
- informal a prenatal examination
Also called: antenatal
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Word Origin and History for prenatally
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- Preceding birth.antenatal
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A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.
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