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

Other Words from neonatology

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

Examples of neonatology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year, 5 specialties are among the top 25, with neonatology making the biggest jump from #47 in 2021 to #10 in 2022. Gretchen Kroen, cleveland, 14 June 2022 Seydi Gassama, director of Amnesty International Senegal, said that after that fire, the group had called for neonatology departments in all Senegal hospitals to be inspected and upgraded. Anisha Kukreja, NBC News, 26 May 2022 The fire took place in the neonatology department of the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the western town of Tivaouane, Senegalese President Macky Sall said on Twitter. Anisha Kukreja, NBC News, 26 May 2022 As neonatology improved, babies could be saved at earlier and earlier stages of prematurity, and new research showed the value of an exclusive breast milk diet, especially for these babies. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Intensive therapy that continued for a full two weeks after delivery eventually turned the situation around, but not without a cross-discipline effort that included specialists in cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology and neonatology. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 With help from a local OBGYN and neonatology specialists, the vets anesthetized Menari and performed an ultrasound on the mother ape. Kelli Bender,, 30 Dec. 2021 Yvonne Ng, a senior consultant at the neonatology department at National University Hospital, told the newspaper that the tiny size of the patient meant that the staff could not use standard forms of care, and had to improvise. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021 Care New England owns Women & Infants, Kent, and Butler hospitals and has expertise in family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology, and adult psychiatry., 26 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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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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