- preparatory school.
- a preliminary or warm-up activity or event; trial run: The race is a good prep for the Kentucky Derby.
- preparation: dealer prep on the car included.
- the act of preparing a patient for a medical or surgical procedure.
- preparatory: a prep school.
- involving or used for preparation: the mortuary's prep room.
- to prepare (a person) for a test, debate, etc.
- to prepare (a patient) for a medical or surgical procedure, as by shaving and washing the skin with an antibacterial soap.
- to prepare (a vehicle or craft) for sale, use, a test drive, or a race.
- to prepare; get ready: to prep for the game.
- to attend a preparatory school.
Origin of prep
First recorded in 1860–65; by shortening
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- (tr) to prepare (a patient) for a medical operation or procedure
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Word Origin and History for prepping
slang shortening of prepare, 1908. Related: Prepped; prepping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To prepare for a medical examination or surgical procedure.
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