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 neonatal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of neonatal in a Sentence

a neonatal intensive care unit
Recent Examples on the Web The babies spent 66 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence before finally coming home on July 17. Anchorage Daily News, "As the year ends, let’s check in with some memorable Alaskans we met in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Zamyrah was also transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children's Hospital, WVLT reported. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Mo. Mom Asks Nurse to Be Her Baby’s Godmother After Giving Birth While Intubated Due to COVID-19," 30 Dec. 2020 Awful stories abound: a family billed $50,000 for a neonatal intensive care unit stay at a hospital in their insurance network. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Surprise! A Health Lobby Cage Match," 30 Dec. 2020 It's also become common, as COVID-19 restrictions limit how many visitors at-risk newborns are allowed, said Laura Gary, nurse manager of the neonatal intensive care unit at Hennepin Healthcare. James Walsh, Star Tribune, "Hennepin Healthcare video stream lets parents stay close to fragile newborns," 29 Dec. 2020 In addition to Bossano, the medical staff consisted of two neonatal nurse practitioners, 14 nurses and three respiratory therapists who worked on 12-hour shifts. Rebecca Santana,, "‘Protect our babies:’ Hospital cares for babies in hurricane," 31 Aug. 2020 Vogt spends much of her time in the hospital's birth center and the neonatal intensive care unit. Star Tribune, "Chaplains adapt to new COVID-19 calling," 5 Dec. 2020 Volunteering in the neonatal intensive care unit takes specialized training. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, "'ICU grandpa,' who cradled sick and premature babies, has died," 21 Nov. 2020 Uke continued to be treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham while the twins were transferred to a specialist neonatal intensive care unit at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "'It's such a miracle': Hospital consultant gives birth to twins while in coma due to COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Neonatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 neonatal (audio) \ adverb

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