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Origin of prenatal

First recorded in 1820–30; pre- + natal
Related formspre·na·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for prenatal


  1. occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy
  1. informal a prenatal examination
Also called: antenatal
Derived Formsprenatally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prenatal

1826, formed in English from pre- + natal.

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prenatal in Medicine


  1. Preceding birth.antenatal
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prenatal in Culture



A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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