neo·​na·​tal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce neonatal (audio) \

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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neonatally \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce neonatally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of neonatal in a Sentence

a neonatal intensive care unit
Recent Examples on the Web Her premature son stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for 17 days. Megan Henry, USA TODAY, "Childbirth costs out-of-pocket are rising at a staggering rate, even with insurance," 13 Jan. 2020 The room, which is expected to be completed this year, will include the hospital’s second CuddleCot, said Donna Wilcox, the hospital’s director of the neonatal intensive care unit. Lauren Caruba,, "A special cooled bed provided San Antonio parents more time to say goodbye after their baby was stillborn," 6 Jan. 2020 Mitchell was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit at nearby Rady Children’s Hospital, where tests revealed that oxygen wasn’t bonding to the molecule that carries it through the blood, hemoglobin, and his red blood cells were dying off. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "23 and Baby," 24 Dec. 2019 ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital are prohibiting visits to their neonatal intensive care units by those younger than 12. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ProHealth Care issues temporary ban on kids from visiting NICU units," 23 Dec. 2019 Larger hospitals can subsidize them with interventions (ultrasounds, inductions, epidurals) and neonatal intensive-care units, which are lucrative. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 The five leading causes were neonatal disorders, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 14. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "20 predictions for 2020: Here's what people thought would happen by this year," 22 Dec. 2019 Today some antibiotic pills, a neonatal respirator or a stent or two would have solved all such problems. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019 Earlier this week, the hospital began transferring about 50 babies and 20 children in its neonatal and pediatric intensive care units to other hospitals asked ambulances to take emergency patients elsewhere. Lisa Schencker,, "Strike averted: University of Chicago nurses and hospital reach agreement," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Neonatal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce neonatal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce neonatally (audio) \ adverb

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