[pohst-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv]


occurring after a surgical operation.

Origin of postoperative

First recorded in 1885–90; post- + operative
Related formspost·op·er·a·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for post-operative

Historical Examples of post-operative

  • This same thing is true with regard to post-operative urination.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for post-operative



of, relating to, or occurring in the period following a surgical operation
Derived Formspostoperatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for post-operative

also postoperative, "occurring after a surgical operation," 1869, from post- + operative. Short form post-op is attested from 1971.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

post-operative in Medicine


[pōst-ŏpər-ə-tĭv, -ŏprə-, -ŏpə-rā′-]


Happening or done after a surgical operation.
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