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precritical

[pree-krit-i-kuh l]
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adjective Medicine/Medical.
  1. anteceding a crisis.
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Origin of precritical

First recorded in 1880–85; pre- + critical
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British Dictionary definitions for precritical

precritical

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or occurring during the period preceding a crisis or a critical state or conditiona precritical phase of a disease
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