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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Other Words from neonatal

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

Examples of neonatal in a Sentence

a neonatal intensive care unit

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Ochoa-Lopez’s family spent those weeks searching for her and holding press conferences pleading for help finding her, unaware the child was in a neonatal intensive care unit on life support. Sara Burnett, The Seattle Times, "Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case," 19 May 2019 Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have learned that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to have torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Anne Saker,, "How Cradle Cincinnati renews its war on Hamilton County’s infant mortality," 28 June 2018 In the first study to directly compare two of the most common treatment methods — methadone and morphine — researchers hope to establish a uniform strategy for treating neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. Alice Park, Time, "Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There's a Better Way," 18 June 2018 But the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, further complicates the question of how to safely and effectively treat babies going through withdrawal, called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Marie Mccullough,, "Newborns in opioid withdrawal may do better on methadone than morphine, major study finds," 18 June 2018 Jenkins, 57, helped create the nonprofit Lily’s Place, a facility that cares for newborns who are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which occurs when babies are exposed to drugs while still in the womb. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "West Virginia Republican Senate hopefuls near primary: A look at the top three candidates," 8 May 2018 As many as 94% of those exposed to opioids, according to studies, experience withdrawal symptoms and health complications referred to as neonatal abstinence syndrome. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "The tiniest addicts: How U.P. babies became part of opioid epidemic," 2 May 2018 Bexar also reported the highest rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome, in which babies are exposed to drugs in the womb and born with substance-addiction problems. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "DA office’s support gives opioid task force green light to pursue needle exchange program," 25 Apr. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of neonatal was in 1894

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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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