[ pree-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv ]
/ priˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv /
occurring or related to the period or preparations before a surgical operation.
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Medical definitions for preoperative
[ prē-ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ŏp′rə-, -ŏp′ə-rā′- ]
Preceding a surgical operation.
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