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Etymology: L, eligere, to choose
pertaining to a procedure that is performed by choice and is not essential, such as elective surgery.
electiveReferring to a procedure which is planned in advance, non-emergent and, in the UK, may be based on a waiting list.
electiveadjective Referring to that which is planned or undertaken by choice and without urgency, as in elective surgery, see there. noun Graduate education noun A short–±6 wk period of clinical contact undertaken by a 4th-yr medical student, during which he/she learns about a field related to a planned specialty. See Match, Rotation.
electiveA term usually used of treatment. Undertaken to achieve advantage for the patient, but not essential to life or health. Most cosmetic surgical operations can be considered elective.
non-urgent; at an elected time, e.g. of surgery.