re·​nal | \ ˈrē-nᵊl How to pronounce renal (audio) \

Definition of renal

: of, relating to, involving, or located in the region of the kidneys : nephric renal disease renal failure

Examples of renal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, Medicare spends more than $120 billion every year on kidney disease care, including dialysis for end-stage renal disease, totaling nearly 34% of total Medicare fee-for-service spending in 2017. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 2 May 2022 Schulze described having a renal disease in a 2018 interview with Brain Voyager. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 The cause was renal disease, said a daughter, Thomasena Williams. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Gaye had been receiving dialysis for renal failure for three years, and previous attempts to match with a number of donors proved unsuccessful. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 20 Apr. 2022 Less than a year later, her kidneys are operating at 10% capacity and her diagnosis has progressed to end-stage renal failure. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2022 The cause was congestive heart failure and renal failure, said his wife, Barbara Billings. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Daniel Kirwan died from renal kidney failure in 2015 after he was denied a test — due to his Down syndrome. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2022 Medicare is generally for people over the age of 65, younger people with disabilities and people with end stage renal disease. Cami Parrish, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of renal

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renal

French or Late Latin; French rénal, from Late Latin renalis, from Latin renes kidneys

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17 May 2022

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“Renal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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re·​nal | \ ˈrēn-ᵊl How to pronounce renal (audio) \

Medical Definition of renal

: relating to, involving, affecting, or located in the region of the kidneys : nephric renal function

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