[pree-klin-i-kuh l]

Origin of preclinical

First recorded in 1930–35; pre- + clinical
Related formspre·clin·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for preclinical


adjective med
  1. of, relating to, or occurring during the early phases of a disease before accurate diagnosis is possible
  2. of, relating to, or designating an early period of scientific study by a medical student before practical experience with patients
Derived Formspreclinically, adverb
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preclinical in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the period of a disease before the appearance of symptoms.
  2. Of or being a period in medical education before the student is involved with patients and clinical work.
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