Definition of preoperative in English:


Line breaks: pre|opera¦tive
Pronunciation: /priːˈɒp(ə)rətɪv


  • Denoting, administered in, or occurring in the period before a surgical operation.
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    • A nurse practitioner performs the preoperative history and physical examination.
    • A nasogastric tube was placed, and preoperative antibiotics were administered.
    • Prevention of postoperative infection begins in the preoperative period.



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  • As a result, all women who are considered at risk for possible pregnancy are instructed to have a pregnancy test performed preoperatively.
  • All patients routinely receive a prophylactic dose of intravenous antibiotics preoperatively.
  • The use of aspirin preoperatively is shunned by surgeons in noncardiac surgery.

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