• Done or taken before dinner or lunch.
  • (Medicine) Occurring or done before a meal.

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Example Sentences

“He liked to fit in several preprandial workouts throughout the week.”

“Pam set an alarm to take her preprandial vitamins.”

“If I take a preprandial nap, I’ll be able to stay up late for the concert tonight.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 19th century

Why this word?

​​”Preprandial” developed in Latin from the words “pre” (“before”) and “prandium” (“a meal”). Its most common modern usage is in medicine — some medications are to be taken at a preprandial time, or before a meal. The opposite is “postprandial,” or taken directly after a meal.

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