Definition of pre-op in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprēäp/


short for preoperative.
Example sentences
  • Whenever I schedule a patient for a procedure, the anesthesiologists order a bunch of pre-op labs, and I am copied on the results.
  • So quite often pre-op physiotherapy is required and this may be several months of intensive physiotherapy.
  • When they came to give me the pre-op needle for the anaesthetic I just screamed.


A tranquilizing injection or other treatment administered in preparation for a surgical operation.
Example sentences
  • And as you can see, the pre-ops are on the left and the post-ops are on the right.
  • When maintainers do pre-ops from memory, I become edgy.

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Syllabification: pre-op

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