Definition of preprandial in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈprandēəl/


formal or humorous
1Done or taken before dinner or lunch: a preprandial glass of sherry
More example sentences
  • This falls at lunchtime, when I allow myself a preprandial glass of wine and read a chapter of an unsuitable book.
  • The preprandial pickles are splendid and so are the popadoms with them.
  • The kitchen was invaded by preprandial politics; people thinking ten things but keeping silent.
1.1 Medicine Occurring or done before a meal.
Example sentences
  • Involving 335 subjects with type 1 diabetes, the study reveals that most patients prefer inhaled insulin before meals to the usual preprandial shots.
  • One preprandial blood sample was collected daily.
  • Each day of the 10-day trial, preprandial blood samples were collected at 0845 h, prior to the first meal.


Early 19th century: from pre- 'before' + Latin prandium 'a meal' + -al.

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Syllabification: pre·pran·di·al

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