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

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A decade later, Tulane University transplant surgeon Keith Reemtsma placed both kidneys from a rhesus monkey into a 32-year-old-woman in renal failure. Joshua Mezrich, WSJ, "Losing the Humanity of Transplants," 18 Jan. 2019 Krystal Reardon, 44, is searching for a stranger to donate an organ after complications during a heart attack last June left her with renal failure. Fox News, "Garden sign seeking kidney donor yields 30 volunteers," 25 Sep. 2018 The patient in South Korea had a history of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and renal disease. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Raw Seafood Reportedly Led to Amputation for One Man," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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