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 (prē-ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ŏp′rə-, -ŏp′ə-rā′-)
Occurring before surgery: preoperative preparations.

pre·op′er·a·tive·ly adv.


(Surgery) occurring before a surgical operation


(priˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv)

occurring or related to the period or preparations before a surgical operation.
pre•op′er•a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preoperative - happening or done before and in preparation for a surgical operation
operative, surgical - relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"


adj preoperatorio
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In part 2, we address preoperative cleansing of the vagina with an antiseptic solution, preoperative bathing with an antiseptic solution, methods of placental extraction, closure of the deep subcutaneous layer of the abdomen, and closure of the skin.
One of the things we've done, and I think we've been very good at in our organization, is we've helped to educate the patient on preoperative cleansing prior to surgery.
LEGAL COMMENTARY: Although the court was not required to go into the specifics of the nurse's failure to remove the sponge used for preoperative cleansing, the failure of the nurse to remove the sponge put the hospital in the untenable position of having to admit liability.