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 cause was renal failure, said Joseph R. Guccione, a close friend and the former United States marshal for the Southern District of New York. New York Times, "Lawrence Byrne, Former Lawyer for New York Police, Dies at 61," 12 Dec. 2020 In April 2016, doctors diagnosed Tafflinger with end-stage renal disease from kidney damage because of amyloidosis, which his doctor has said is a rare disorder caused by the abnormal buildup of a protein. Amy Lavalley,, "Longtime Porter Lakes teacher Steve Tafflinger dead at 64," 1 Dec. 2020 After two decades of renal failure, Reagan Shelton was finally about to get a new kidney when the coronavirus pandemic threw everything into question. Lauren Caruba,, "In the era of COVID-19, organ transplant centers contend with fear, uncertainty," 29 Nov. 2020 One notable change for 2021 is that people with end-stage renal disease are now eligible to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. Dallas News, "If you’re on Medicare, now is the time to shop," 20 Nov. 2020 According to the study, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and renal disease — all risk factors for COVID-19 — were more prevalent among African Americans than white people with an opioid addiction. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "People with addiction more likely to get COVID-19, die," 10 Nov. 2020 Raisins are poisonous to dogs and can lead to renal failure. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Pet food safety during holidays," 14 Nov. 2020 Jeff Twiss, a Celtics spokesman, said the cause was renal failure, adding that Heinsohn had had multiple illnesses, including diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Tom Heinsohn, Champion Celtic as Player and Coach, Is Dead at 86," 10 Nov. 2020 But her husband has renal disease and contracted COVID-19 in May, which landed him in the hospital. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Kids are now in school at majority of nation’s biggest districts — just as COVID cases surge," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Dec 2020

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“Renal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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