ne·​o·​nate | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce neonate (audio) \

Definition of neonate

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

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Examples of neonate in a Sentence

the hospital has added a new wing especially for neonates
Recent Examples on the Web The woman’s cat had rejected the all-black kitten, likely because of the little one’s health condition, so the two-faced neonate would need round-the-clock human care to stay alive. Laura Barcella,, 6 Nov. 2019 All eight neonates are healthy, have shed their skin once and started dining on pinky-sized hairless baby mice. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2019 Now other zoos are excitedly lining up to get one of the Milwaukee zoo's rhino viper babies, which are called neonates. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2019 Another rhino viper pair gave birth to one living neonate in August, though unfortunately that mother died a short time later. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2019 The committee cited a potential risk of transferring pathogenic organisms from the woman to the neonate. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 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, 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, 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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“Neonate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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ne·​o·​nate | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce neonate (audio) \

Medical Definition of neonate

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


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