neo·​na·​tal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈnā-tᵊl \

Definition of neonatal

: of, relating to, or affecting the newborn and especially the human infant during the first month after birth neonatal mortality neonatal intensive care unit

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Other Words from neonatal

neonatally \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of neonatal in a Sentence

a neonatal intensive care unit

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Marissa Hamilton, an employee at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, had a premature baby boy who required weeks of neonatal intensive care, according to the Times. Anna North, Vox, "Planned Parenthood is facing criticism for its treatment of pregnant workers," 21 Dec. 2018 Bella Lucy for Vox My daughter Xiomara spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Elena Hung, Vox, "I took my 3-year-old to Congress to fight for health care. I feel like we won the midterms.," 9 Nov. 2018 Following weeks of specialist care at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, the battling tot was discharged home on August 5, - four months after she was born. Fox News, "'Miracle' baby who weighed under 2 pounds thriving 6 months later," 28 Sep. 2018 Premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the US, and a huge risk factor for health complications later in life — but right now there’s no precise way to know whether a woman is going to give birth early. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why doctors are so bad at predicting pregnancy due dates," 9 June 2018 In the United States, premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death and complications later in life. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Could there be a cheap blood test to predict a baby's birth date? New study suggests maybe," 7 June 2018 The rise was due mainly to lower rates of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as fewer neonatal deaths. The Economist, "The epidemiological transition is now spreading to the emerging world," 26 Apr. 2018 Johnson, a neonatal nurse, told the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Kansas mom battling breast cancer ignores doctor's abortion advice, celebrates healthy baby," 25 May 2018 But parents—and, somewhat surprisingly to Guillet, neonatal nurses—were skeptical. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Many Pediatric Studies Are a Waste of Time," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of neonatal

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neonatal

New Latin neonatus neonate + -al entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of neonatal

medical : of, relating to, or taking care of babies in the first month after their birth


neo·​na·​tal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈnāt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of neonatal

: of, relating to, or affecting the newborn and especially the human infant during the first month after birth neonatal jaundice neonatal death — compare prenatal, intranatal, postnatal

Other Words from neonatal

neonatally \ -​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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