- 1Relating to or denoting the first, chiefly theoretical, stage of a medical education: preclinical studentsMore example sentences
- Medical students with high preclinical and clinical grade point averages were, surprisingly, more likely to express an external orientation.
- Between 1991 and 1995, some students were sent for preclinical training in Australia and South Africa as well as Britain.
- Today, gross anatomy is taught in a preclinical dissection course for second year medical students.
- 2Relating to or denoting the stage in a disease prior to the appearance of symptoms that make a diagnosis possible: preclinical muscular dystrophyMore example sentences
- Improved understanding of this illness during the slow progression from preclinical to moderate disease would aid the development of strategies for primary and secondary prevention.
- Diseases with long preclinical phases are more likely to be detected by screening.
- Mercury is neurotoxic, and even in people with low level chronic exposure, subtle preclinical effects on symptoms, mood, motor function, and cognition have been identified.
- 3Relating to or denoting the stage of drug testing that precedes the clinical stage: preclinical trialsMore example sentences
- A number of such vectors are currently being developed and tested in preclinical and early phase clinical trials.
- Several drugs are currently under preclinical and early phase clinical study.
- The efficacy and safety of some of the new vaccine candidates have been evaluated and proven in human preclinical / clinical trials.
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