Definition of antenatal in English:

antenatal

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Pronunciation: /antɪˈneɪt(ə)l
 
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British

adjective

  • Before birth; during or relating to pregnancy: antenatal care
    More example sentences
    • The document states that the hospital's maternity unit catered for the birth and antenatal care of 100 babies last year, compared with 270 born at Chippenham.
    • If you feel unsure about being at the birth, attending antenatal classes will help prepare you and give you confidence to know there's a place for you at the birth.
    • Public patients receive antenatal care and birth care at public hospitals, and care is provided by rostered midwives, residents, registrars, and staff obstetricians.

noun

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  • A medical examination during pregnancy.

Derivatives

antenatally

adverb
More example sentences
  • In several large perinatal trials parents have been informed antenatally about the possible need for emergency intervention around the time of birth.
  • She said that several factors had improved survival of premature babies, including giving steroids antenatally to women in premature labour and use of surfactants in premature babies after delivery.
  • Although the diagnosis of many fetal abnormalities is now possible antenatally, the conundrum of what is the most appropriate treatment remains.

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