neo·​na·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌnē-ə-nā-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce neonatology (audio) \

Definition of neonatology

: a branch of medicine concerned with the care, development, and diseases of newborn infants

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neonatologist \ ˌnē-​ə-​nā-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce neonatologist (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Why turn your back on a man who is essentially the face of neonatology in Central Florida? Naseem S. Miller,, "Dr. Gregor Alexander’s supporters pen open letter to Orlando Health, asking for his reinstatement," 16 Sep. 2019 The two lines at Cincinnati Children’s that were improved from their 2018 rankings were cardiac care, which rose from eighth to sixth, and neonatology from fifth to fourth. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati Children’s slips a notch in U.S. News 2019 ranking of pediatric hospitals," 18 June 2019 The physicians are hired by a national physician group called MEDNAX, which then contracts with the hospitals to staff specialty services like neonatology, obstetrics and anesthesiology. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health neonatologist Dr. Gregor Alexander explains sudden departure," 16 Sep. 2019 Arnold Palmer Hospital ranked in three categories -- Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology -- while AdventHealth for Children was in the neonatology category. Naseem S. Miller,, "2 children’s hospitals in Orlando make it to U.S. News rankings," 18 June 2019 Last year, its neonatology program ranked 38th in the country but it wasn’t ranked among the top 50 this year. Lisa Schencker,, "Lurie Children's Hospital no longer among top 10 in the nation, says U.S. News & World Report," 17 June 2019 The hospital did not make the top 50 rankings list for neonatology. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Riley Hospital for Children ranks among top 50 hospitals in nation in 9 areas," 24 June 2019 The 12th annual report ranks the top 50 hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology, gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology and orthopedics. Naseem S. Miller,, "Find out how Central Florida children's hospitals ranked in the annual U.S. News report," 26 June 2018 UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 26 for neonatology, 35 for pediatric nephrology, 44 in pediatric pulmonology and 49 in pediatric urology. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "UC Davis, Shriners ranked among nation's top hospitals for children in annual report," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of neonatology

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neonatology

neonate or neonat(al) + -o- + -logy

Note: Word introduced, along with neonatalogist, by American pediatrician Alexander J. Schaffer (1902-81) in Diseases of the Newborn (Philadelphia, 1960), p. 1.

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“Neonatology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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neo·​na·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌnē-ə-nāt-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce neonatology (audio) \
plural neonatologies

Medical Definition of neonatology

: a branch of medicine concerned with the care, development, and diseases of newborn infants

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