Definition of natal
1 : native
2 : of, relating to, or present at birth; especially : associated with one's birth a natal star
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The salmon are born in rivers, swim to the Atlantic and return to their natal river to spawn.
These ratings would say, for example, that spending money to keep an aging, asthmatic Alzheimer’s patient on life support for 9 months is not as useful as spending the same money for 9 months of pre-natal care for a poor, uninsured mother-to-be.
That money could be used for pre-natal care for uninsured mothers, setting the stage for both mother and child to have a healthier and happier life.
The park’s animal husbandry and veterinary teams provided pre-natal care and regular ultrasounds for the expectant mother, and Kaboodle and her new calf remain under the 24-hour care of the teams.
Male chimpanzees remain in their natal home, so their male-male bonds are built on the standard evolutionary principle of kin selection.
But the researchers point to non-biological explanations for the difference — i.e., parenting and family dynamics rather than pre-natal environment.
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Definition of Natal
1 city and port on the Atlantic in northeastern Brazil population 803,739 ◆Natal serves as capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
2 former province of the eastern part of the Republic of South Africa between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean ◆Natal is now part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Medical Definition of natal
: of or relating to birth lowering the natal death rate—Journal of the American Medical Association
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