ne·​phrol·​o·​gy ni-ˈfrä-lə-jē How to pronounce nephrology (audio)
: a branch of medicine concerned with the kidneys
nephrologist noun

Examples of nephrology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ian McCoy, an assistant professor of nephrology at UCSF and the study’s lead author, emphasizes that patients should not go off dialysis without their doctor’s OK. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 28 Sep. 2023 Algorithmic predictions have been found to account for 4.7 times more health disparities in pain relative to the standard deviation, and has been shown to result in racial biases in cardiology, radiology and nephrology, just to name a few. Fay Cobb Payton, Scientific American, 12 Sep. 2023 Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceuticals to meet unmet medical needs, specifically in the fields of neuroscience, nephrology and digital innovation. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 All medical fields require nurses, from gastroenterology to psychiatry, nephrology, neonatal care and dermatology. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 Jing Miao, an assistant professor of medicine in Mayo Clinic’s nephrology department, agreed that the first thing to know is whether the patient responded to steroids. Tara Bannow, STAT, 2 Mar. 2023 This year, however, increases in cancer, cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology were significant enough to put Rady over the top. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2023 In addition to tele-critical care, the hospital has UAB virtual care programs for neurology, infectious disease, and nephrology, the last of which has been especially critical to care for Covid-19 patients with failing kidneys. Katie Palmer, STAT, 5 Oct. 2021 The list also ranks the top 50 centers in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nephrology was circa 1842

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“Nephrology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ne·​phrol·​o·​gy ni-ˈfräl-ə-jē How to pronounce nephrology (audio)
plural nephrologies
: a medical specialty concerned with the kidneys and especially with their structure, functions, or diseases

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