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To prepare the skin or other body surface for an operative procedure, usually by cleaning and applying antiseptic solutions.
[slang for preparation or prepare]


pre-exposure prophylaxis


(prĕp) Informal
Preparatory: a college prep course; did extensive prep work for the interview.
1. A preparatory school.
2. Preparation: Daily practices are the best prep for the upcoming track meet.
3. A preppie.
v. prepped, prepping, preps
1. To be enrolled in and attend a preparatory school.
2. To prepare for something: prepping for a radio interview.
1. To prepare (someone) for a medical examination or surgical procedure.
2. To prepare or prime: prep a surface for painting.


1 abbreviation for prepare.
2 abbreviation for preparation, particularly when referring to preparation for surgery.


Surgery The preparation of both the Pt and the operative site before the first incision, which consists of painting the skin surface with disinfectant, shaving hair, and inserting a catheter


Colloquially, to prepare skin or other body surface for an operative procedure, usually by applying antiseptic solutions.

Patient discussion about prep

Q. Getting prepared for chemo Hi, I have breast cancer, and I’m planned to start chemotherapy in a short time. Do you have any advice how should I prepare for it? What to buy? The anti-emesis drugs are already waiting- any other thing I should get?

A. A surgical face mask – if you find yourself in a close place and someone starts to cough or sneeze, you can protect yourself.

Q. A tumor was discovered in my kidney how should I prepare myself to the future events?

A. sorry to hear...there are all sorts of tumors in kidneys but generally i recommend first of all talking to your family and explain the situation. but only after you understand what it is and what that means. you will need a lot of support and you don't want to leave your loved ones in the darkness about it. believe me that is the basic in preparing yourself to any tumor therapy.
good luck!!
you'll be fine i'm sure!!

Q. what are the most common problems women tend to develop during pregnancy? how would i prepare for it???

A. Needing to urinate more often...i think every one has it. because of pregnancy hormones and growing baby presses on her bladder- she needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. it looks pretty annoying. i'm not sure there is something to do with it.

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Students who wish to improve their ACT Test results are encouraged to visit the SUMMIT ACT PREP website for more information and to register for an online class that fits their schedule.
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Tech prep emerged from the need to meet the growing demand for a highly skilled workforce and the need to educate the neglected majority, defined as "students with average-to-poor academic achievement, due mainly to the fact that they are contextual learners floundering in an abstract learning environment" (Hull and Grevelle, 1998, p.
The compost preps prevent the escape of valuable nutrients like nitrogen while assisting in the formation and stabilization of new elements.
She worked as an adviser to Prep students, helping to ease their transition into boarding school by sharing her experiences.
The CAHSEE prep program is a model for the TestU mission in that it includes an initial diagnostic that enables a customized study plan for each student, interactive skill-building lessons, test-taking strategies, practice tests and full-length simulated exams.
In addition, Hoop Dreams has brought together over 800 DC students and mentors from the local business community through its year long college prep mentoring program; facilitated hundreds of internships; engaged over 1,000 volunteers in community work; and helped coach nearly 400 students through the Princeton Review SAT prep program - all free of charge.
MELBOURNE, Australia, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provides a high degree of protection against HIV infection, even for individuals who miss some daily doses, according to new data from iPrEx OLE, the first PrEP demonstration project to report outcomes.
Flintridge Prep cut an 11-point second-half deficit to 32-27 with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jordan Toyama.