neonate

noun
ne·o·nate | \ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt \

Definition of neonate 

: a newborn child especially : a child less than a month old

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Synonyms

babe, baby, bambino, child, infant, newborn

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Examples of neonate in a Sentence

the hospital has added a new wing especially for neonates

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The committee cited a potential risk of transferring pathogenic organisms from the woman to the neonate. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Micro-Organisms," 5 Feb. 2018 Dines determined that the whale was a female, was a full-term neonate and likely was a week old. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, "Week-old gray whale found dead north of Main Beach in Laguna," 19 Jan. 2017 One of the most interesting aspects that has come out of William S. Brown’s research is that females stay with the babies, which are called neonates, for a week to 10 or 12 days, until the babies shed. National Geographic, "Rattlesnakes Lead 'Hungry, Horny, Gregarious' Lives," 26 June 2016

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First Known Use of neonate

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neonate

borrowed from New Latin neonatus (short for infans neonatus, neo-natus puerulus, etc.), from neo- neo- + Latin natus, past participle of nāscī "to be born" — more at nation

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The first known use of neonate was in 1925

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neonate

noun
ne·o·nate | \ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt \

Medical Definition of neonate 

: a newborn infant especially : an infant less than a month old

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