neo·​na·​tal ˌnē-ō-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce neonatal (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the newborn and especially the human infant during the first month after birth
neonatal mortality
neonatal intensive care unit
neonatally adverb

Example Sentences

a neonatal intensive care unit
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Word History


New Latin neonatus neonate + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neonatal was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Neonatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


neo·​na·​tal ˌnē-ō-ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce neonatal (audio)
: 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
neonatally adverb

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