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prenatal

[ pree-neyt-l ]
/ priˈneɪt l /
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adjective
previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.

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Origin of prenatal

First recorded in 1820–30; pre- + natal

OTHER WORDS FROM prenatal

pre·na·tal·ly, adverb
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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
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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.
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