MED­I­CAL JAR­GON BUSTER

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

MED­I­CAL terms decoded. This week: Peri­na­tal THIS re­lates to the time just be­fore or just af­ter birth, from the 28th week of preg­nancy to the end of the week af­ter birth.

The pre­fix ‘peri’, from An­cient Greek, means ‘about’, ‘around’ or ‘near’. It can also be found in peri­cardium, the sac around the heart.

Another ex­am­ple is per­i­menopause, which refers to the time lead­ing up to menopause, when oe­stro­gen lev­els be­gin to drop.

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