Origin of prep

First recorded in 1860–65; by shortening

prep.

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British Dictionary definitions for prep

prep

noun

informal short for preparation (def. 5), mainly US preparatory school

verb preps, prepping or prepped

(tr) to prepare (a patient) for a medical operation or procedure

prep.

abbreviation for

preparation
preparatory
preposition
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Word Origin and History for prep
n.

1862, short for preparation. Prep school attested from 1895, short for preparatory school. First record of prep in the sense "student or graduate of a preparatory school" is from 1899 (also see preppie).

v.

slang shortening of prepare, 1908. Related: Prepped; prepping.

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Medicine definitions for prep

prep

[prĕp]

v.

To prepare for a medical examination or surgical procedure.
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