prenatal

[ pree-neyt-l ]
/ priˈneɪt l /

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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Medical definitions for prenatal

prenatal
[ prē-nātl ]

adj.

Preceding birth.antenatal
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Cultural definitions for prenatal

prenatal
[ (pree-nayt-l) ]

A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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