re·​nal | \ˈrē-nᵊl \

Definition of renal 

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

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The surgeon explained that once the body has been decompressed, some patients can experience changes in blood pressure or electrolyte or renal issues. Lindsey Bever,, "She kept gaining weight and didn't know why. It turned out to be a 50-pound ovarian cyst.," 2 July 2018 Calvert has battled kidney renal disease for decades. Lyndsay Winkley,, "SDPD officer gets second shot at long-awaited kidney transplant," 11 July 2018 Those with diabetes and renal disease should stay far away from this diet. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "What Is the Dukan Diet? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 7 May 2018 Kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease, is treatable with routine dialysis every two to three days. NBC News, "Another cause of doctor burnout: Being forced to give immigrants unequal care," 1 June 2018 These drugs were Sutent and Inlyta, which both treat renal cell carcinoma, and Tikosyn, which treats arrhythmia in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pfizer agrees to pay nearly $24M for illegally using a charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients," 24 May 2018 The cause was renal failure and hypertension, said Stephanie Hall, a spokeswoman for Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 20 May 2018 The cause was complications from peripheral arterial disease and renal failure, said a son, Corey Dade. Washington Post, "Paul Stack, Foreign Service officer," 16 May 2018 Severe clinical presentations may include difficulty breathing, hemorrhage, renal failure or neurological problems. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Tick-borne Diseases In Connecticut," 6 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of renal

medical : relating to or involving the kidneys


re·​nal | \ˈrēn-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of renal 

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

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