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Meaning of preoperative

pre•op•er•a•tive

Pronunciation: (prē-op'ur-u-tiv, -u-rā"tiv, -op'ru-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. occurring or related to the period or preparations before a surgical operation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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