narcolepsy

a condition where you suddenly fall asleep during times you would normally be awake

narcotics

pain medication

analgesics, , used to reduce the sensation of pain

nasogastric tube (NG tube)

feeding tube

tube of soft rubber or plastic that is inserted through a nostril and into your stomach to give liquid foods or medications

flexible tube that is inserted through the patient's nose into the stomach to drain unwanted fluids that can build up

nausea

uneasiness or discomfort in your stomach

queasy feeling in your stomach that can, but does not always, lead to vomiting

nausea is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy

navigator (care navigator)

a person who helps you understand and use health care services 

nebulizer

medication for asthma or COPD in a mist

nebulizer changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily breathed into your lungs

necessary

needed

necessitate

have to, must, cause

negative

no, none

harmful, bad

negiligent

careless, not careful

negligible

very small, tiny, minor

neonatal

the time from a baby's birth to four weeks (28 days) of age.

neonatal death

death in the first month of life

neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

special care nursery for sick and premature newborns. NICUs are staffed with specialists trained to care for babies with special needs and use advanced technology in the care of those babies.

neonate

newborn

neonatologist

doctor who cares for newborn babies

nephrology

study of kidneys and kidney problems

nephron

the part of your kidneys that actually makes urine in to remove waste from your  blood 

the functional unit of your kidney. It acts to maintain the body’s chemical balance

nephropathy

kidney damage

nephrostogram procedure (percutaneous nephrostogram)

special x-ray of your kidney

imaging of your kidney by injecting a contrast agent (dye) through a nephrostomy tube. This will confirm the position of the catheter (tube) and assess the drainage of the kidney.

nephrostomy tube

nephrostomy tube is a catheter (thin plastic tube) that is put through your skin and into your kidney to drain urine

nephrostomy tube is necessary when there is a blockage in your ureter. This obstructs the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder

nerve(s)

tissue that causes you to feel things and your muscles to move

nervous system (peripheral)

The peripheral nervous system is the part of the nervous system outside your brain and spinal cord. It consists of nerves that carry information between the central nervous system and the extremities of your body (such as your arms and legs)

neuritis

swelling of a nerve

neurodegenerative process (degenerative nerve disorder)

when your motor nerves slowly stop working

a progressive loss of the structure and function of your motor nerves. Neurodegenerative processes may affect many of your body's activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing and heart function.

neurogenic

about your nervous system

neurologic/neurological

about your brain and nervous system

neurology

neurology is the study of your brain and nervous system

neuropathy

disease of your nervous system

damage to you nervous system

neurosurgery

neurosurgery is surgery of your brain or nervous system

neutralize

cancel, stop

newborn

a baby between birth and one month old

neonatal period

next of kin

close relatives

nominal

small, not important

non-emergent care

healthcare needs that can be looked after by your family doctor or nurse practitioner.

care that doesn't need to happen in the emergency department 

non-formulary

a medication that isn't on the hospital's approved drug list, or isn't on your drug plan's approved list

non-perscription

medication that you can by over the counter at the drug store

not ordered by a doctor

non-pharmaceutical

without medication

ways to stop illness without using medication

non-stress test (NST)

a way to check on how your baby is doing while inside your uterus. In a nonstress test, you are hooked up to a fetal monitor and the response of the fetal heart rate to fetal movements is observed

normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

a disorder where extra fluid in your brain causes problems with walking, bladder control, thinking, and memory

nosocomial

starting in the hospital

notification

let you know, alert you

noxious

dangerous, poisonous

nuclear medicine

type of medical imaging

medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.

Imaging studies of body regions using the injection of radioisotopes or biochemicals that are taken up by specific body tissues, for studying function rather than structure.

nurse practitioner

a nurse with special training

nurse practitioners are advanced registered nurses educated and trained to provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic condition

nutrition

food, meal, diet

nutritionist

dietitian

a person who works with you to help you make healthy food choices

nutritious

healthy food

food that is good for your body