Dictionary.com

prenatal

[ pree-neyt-l ]
/ priˈneɪt l /
Save This Word!

adjective
previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of prenatal

First recorded in 1820–30; pre- + natal

OTHER WORDS FROM prenatal

pre·na·tal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use prenatal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prenatal

prenatal
/ (priːˈneɪtəl) /

adjective
occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
noun
informal a prenatal examination
Also called: antenatal

Derived forms of prenatal

prenatally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for prenatal

prenatal
[ prē-nātl ]

adj.
Preceding birth.antenatal
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Cultural definitions for prenatal

prenatal
[ (pree-nayt-l) ]

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK