Definition of preoperative in English:

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preoperative

Pronunciation: /prēˈäpərədiv/

adjective

Denoting, administered in, or occurring in the period before a surgical operation.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

preoperatively

adverb
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pre·op·er·a·tive

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