prenatal: an antenatal clinic.

Origin of antenatal

First recorded in 1810–20; ante- + natal
Related formsan·te·na·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of antenatal

  • The reminiscence of some antenatal incarnation of his own soul?

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • But deep within her the antenatal thing that lay here had a dream.


    Olive Schreiner

  • If I was born of you, there must have been some juggling with my soul in antenatal regions!

    The Flight of the Shadow

    George MacDonald

  • The very habit of our thoughts may be persuaded one way unawares by their antenatal history.

    The Rhythm of Life

    Alice Meynell

  • The importance of antenatal puericulture was fully recognized in China a thousand years ago.

British Dictionary definitions for antenatal



occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy


Also called: prenatal informal an examination during pregnancy
Derived Formsantenatally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antenatal

"before birth," 1798, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + natal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

antenatal in Medicine




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