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

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  • preclinical — [prē klin′i kəl] adj. Med. of or in the period of a disease before any of the symptoms appear …   English World dictionary

  • preclinical — 1. Before the onset of disease. 2. A period in medical education before the student becomes involved with patients and clinical work. * * * pre·clin·i·cal ( )prē klin i kəl adj 1 a) of, relating to, concerned with, or being the period preceding… …   Medical dictionary

  • 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 — 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

  • preclinical — pre·clinical …   English syllables

  • preclinical — pre•clin•i•cal [[t]priˈklɪn ɪ kəl[/t]] adj. med of or pertaining to the period prior to the appearance of symptoms • Etymology: 1930–35 pre•clin′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • preclinical — /ˌpriˈklɪnɪkəl/ (say .pree klinikuhl) adjective 1. relating to the period prior to the appearance of the symptoms. –noun 2. a preliminary course in anatomy and physiology taken by medical students before actual medical or surgical work in a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • preclinical — adj. 1 of or relating to the first, chiefly theoretical, stage of a medical education. 2 (of a stage in a disease) before symptoms can be identified …   Useful english dictionary

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