preclinical

1. Before the onset of disease. 2. A period in medical education before the student becomes involved with patients and clinical work.

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pre·clin·i·cal (')prē-'klin-i-kəl adj
1 a) of, relating to, concerned with, or being the period preceding clinical manifestations <the \preclinical stage of diabetes mellitus>
b) occurring prior to a clinical trial <\preclinical animal testing to assess a drug's safety>
2) of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry <the \preclinical years> specif of or relating to the early period of prescribed medical or dental study devoted to the basic sciences (as anatomy, physiology, and pathology) <\preclinical studies>
3) of, relating to, or being a science basic to medicine <research in the \preclinical sciences>

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pre·clin·i·cal (pre-klinґĭ-kəl) before a disease becomes clinically recognizable.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • preclinical — adjective Date: 1926 1. of, relating to, or concerned with the period preceding clinical manifestations 2. of, relating to, or being the period in medical or dental education preceding the clinical study of medicine or dentistry 3. occurring… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preclinical — preclinically, adv. /pree klin i keuhl/, adj. Med. of or pertaining to the period prior to the appearance of the symptoms. [1930 35; PRE + CLINICAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • preclinical — adjective a) Describing the period of a disease before any symptoms appear b) Describing a test or trial of a new pharmaceutical on animals (or in vitro) rather than on humans …   Wiktionary

  • preclinical — adj. occurring before the onset of manifest symptoms (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preclinical — adjective Medicine relating to or denoting a stage preceding a clinical stage …   English new terms dictionary

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