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 The most common treatment, dialysis, is so expensive — running an average of $90,000 per year per patient — that Congress in 1973 allowed advanced renal patients to enroll in Medicare at any age. Michael Hiltzik,, "Trump’s vaunted kidney initiative depends on Obamacare, which he's trying to kill," 11 July 2019 One suffered permanent renal damage and a weakened heart requiring a left ventricular assist device, his suit states. Ron Hurtibise,, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 The cause was renal failure, said a son-in-law, Richard DeVore. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 3 Sep. 2019 The cause was renal failure brought on by diabetes, his wife, Judith Gelb, said. Sam Roberts,, "Leslie H. Gelb, former diplomat and journalist, dies at 82," 31 Aug. 2019 The cause was renal failure brought on by diabetes, his wife, Judith Gelb, said. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Leslie H. Gelb, 82, Former Diplomat and New York Times Journalist, Dies," 31 Aug. 2019 Potential side effects are serious, however: lung or breathing problems, infections and renal failure, which may lead to death. Elizabeth Landau, CNN, "Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly," 23 Aug. 2019 His son, actor and theater director Stanislas Nordey, said the cause was renal failure. Daniel E. Slotnik,, "Jean-Pierre Mocky, 90, iconoclastic French film director," 17 Aug. 2019 Tyler and Marissa McLaughlin are trying to find a kidney donor for their 65-year-old father, Marty, who has stage five renal failure. Adam Sennott,, "‘Wicked Tuna’ stars look for kidney donor for ailing father," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of renal was circa 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of renal

medical : relating to or involving the kidneys


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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