previous to birth or to giving birth: prenatal care for mothers.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for prenatally

Contemporary Examples of prenatally

Historical Examples of prenatally

  • Gud turned from the child with the prenatally cultivated mind and went on his way sorrowfully.

  • I was prenatally made a votive offering for the preservation of my father's life, for his restoration to my mother safe and sound.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Prenatally blessed by many lives of lonely meditation, you must now mingle in the world of men.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for prenatally



occurring or present before birth; during pregnancy


informal a prenatal examination
Also called: antenatal
Derived Formsprenatally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prenatally



1826, formed in English from pre- + natal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prenatally in Medicine




Preceding birth.antenatal
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prenatally in Culture



A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

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