post-operative

a) Soon after surgery.

The post-operative procedure is as follows.

b) Like someone who has recently had surgery.

She was looking even paler, more post-operative, as it were, than she had on waking.


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  • post-operative — also postoperative, occurring after a surgical operation, 1889, from POST (Cf. post ) + OPERATIVE (Cf. operative). Short form post op is attested from 1971 …   Etymology dictionary

  • post-operative — adj [only before noun] relating to the time after someone has had a medical operation ▪ post operative care …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • post-operative — adj. Post operative is used with these nouns: ↑complication, ↑recovery …   Collocations dictionary

  • post-operative — post opˈerative adjective Relating to the period just after a surgical operation (often shortened to postˈ op) • • • Main Entry: ↑post …   Useful english dictionary

  • post-operative — see postoperative …   English dictionary

  • post-operative — adjective relating to or denoting the period following a surgical operation …   English new terms dictionary

  • post-operative — /poʊst ˈɒpərətɪv/ (say pohst opuhruhtiv) adjective of or relating to the period of time following a surgical operation …   Australian English dictionary

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