narcotics

pain medication

Analgesics, such as Demerol, used to reduce the sensation of pain during labour and delivery.

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

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

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

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

nervous system (central)

brain and spinal cord

the central nervous system (CNS) is made up of the brain, the spinal cord, and the optic nerves. The central nervous system controls the way we think, guides how we move, and registers sensations  (like pain) throughout our body.

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

neurologic/neurological

about your brain and nervous system

neurology

study of your brain and nervous system

neuropathy

disease of your nervous system

damage to you nervous system

neutralize

cancel, stop

newborn

a baby between birth and one month old

neonatal period

nominal

small, not important

non-perscription

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

not ordered by a doctor

nonpharmaceutical

without medication

ways to stop illness without using medication

nonstress 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

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

nutritious

healthy food

food that is good for your body