The Kidney Diseases Dictionary
Some terms listed have many meanings; only those meanings that relate to kidney diseases are included. Words that appear in bold italic are listed elsewhere in the dictionary.
Information in this dictionary is not a substitute for a visit to your doctor. Talk with a health professional if you have a kidney problem.
M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
This pronunciation guide uses letters and letter combinations, rather than phonetic symbols, to stand for the various sounds in the English language.
|ay||say, came, weigh|
|eh||(used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
|ih||(used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
|eye||(used at the beginning of a syllable or when standing alone)
examples: iron (EYE-urn)
|or||tore, soar, for|
|uh||about, sum, china|
|f||fur, tough, calf|
|k||kite, car, tack|
|ss||bus, guess, fence|
|z||zip, jazz, has|
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NIH Publication No. 11–4359
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