Prenatal


Prenatal
Occurring or existing before birth. Prenatal care is the regular health care women should receive during pregnancy from an obstetrician or midwife. Prenatal development is the growth and development of a single-celled zygote formed by the combination of a sperm and an egg into a baby. Prenatal diagnosis is diagnosis before birth by techniques such as ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), and amniocentesis. The word "prenatal" comes from the Latin "pre-," before + "(g)natus," birth = before birth. "Antenatal" is often used in lieu of "prenatal" in the UK, Australia, etc.
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Preceding birth. SYN: antenatal. [pre- + L. natus, born]

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pre·na·tal -'nāt-əl adj
1) occurring, existing, performed, or used before birth <\prenatal care> <the \prenatal period> <\prenatal testing> <\prenatal vitamins>
2) providing or receiving prenatal medical care <a \prenatal clinic> <a \prenatal patient> compare INTRANATAL, NEONATAL, POSTNATAL
pre·na·tal·ly adv

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pre·na·tal (pre-naґtəl) [pre- + natal] existing or occurring before birth, with reference to the fetus. Cf. antepartal.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • prénatal — prénatal, ale [ prenatal ] adj. • 1901; de pré et natal ♦ Qui précède la naissance. Diagnostics prénatals. prénatal, ale, als ou aux adj. Qui précède la naissance. Diagnostic prénatal. ⇒PRÉNATAL, ALE, adj. A. Antérieur à la naissance. Vie… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Prenatal — Pre*na tal, a. Being or happening before birth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • prenatal — adj. Que existe o se produce antes del nacimiento …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • prenatal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ before birth. DERIVATIVES prenatally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • prenatal — adjective Date: 1826 1. occurring, existing, or performed before birth < prenatal care > 2. providing or receiving prenatal medical care < a prenatal clinic > < prenatal patients > • prenatally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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