ne·​o·​nate ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce neonate (audio)
: a newborn child
especially : a child less than a month old

Examples of neonate in a Sentence

the hospital has added a new wing especially for neonates
Recent Examples on the Web Existing studies show that loud noise can cause a stress response in neonates, but lullabies and breath sounds can help calm babies. Dr. Abimbola Okulaja, ABC News, 27 June 2024 The availability of such services in the home can help promote adequate nutrition and more close monitoring of the neonate’s hemodynamic stability, including temperature and blood glucose monitoring. Julia Hinkle, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2024 In some cases, the kittens are neonates in need of 24/7 care and special equipment, like incubators, formula, syringes, bottles, medications and a dedicated volunteer who will feed them every two hours, including during the night. USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2024 The harmful effects of probiotics can also emerge due to people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, neonates, asthmatic patients, stomach ulcers. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 The transition from a human womb to an artificial womb has to be seamless in order to stop the natural process of a fetus turning into a neonate. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 In the summer months, most of their prey is very strong and healthy, so wolves are primarily feeding on neonates—newborn elk and bison calves, and sometimes even pronghorn calves. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 23 Aug. 2023 The brain of a developing fetus or neonate could be especially vulnerable. Anthony King, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 In Western countries, neonates born with cataracts typically receive surgery shortly after birth. Cordula Hölig, Scientific American, 12 May 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neonate was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Neonate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ne·​o·​nate ˈnē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce neonate (audio)
: a newborn infant
especially : an infant less than a month old
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