Health Literacy Thesaurus: Medical terms, phrases, references,
and their Plain English equivalents or definitions

N (narcotic - nutritious)

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narcoticaddictive pain medicine, drug
nebulizermachine that turns liquid asthma medicine into mist
negligentcareless, lax, not careful
neonatal deathinfant death, death in the first seven days of life
neonatalnewborn
nephrologystudy of kidney problems
neuraminidaseenzyme on the surface of the virus
neuritisswelling of a nerve
neurologicrelating to the nervous system, brain or spinal cord
neurologicalrelated to the brain and nervous system
neurologystudy of the nervous system
neuropathydisease of the nervous system
neutralizecancel, stop, offset
nominalsmall, not important, token, cheap, not costly
Nonpharmaceutical interventionways to stop the spread of illness without drugs, such as hand washing, covering sneezes, closing schools, etc.
nosocomialan infection you can catch in the hospital
notificationnotice
nutritionfood, meal, diet, healthy food
nutritiouswholesome, food that is good for you, healthy eating, healthy food

Source: CDC Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications. Other related materials: Vaccines & Immunizations Glossary; Harvard School of Public Health "Plain Language Glossaries" for asthma, arthritis, and lupus; Medical Library Association "Deciphering Medspeak" for diabetes, stroke, and HIV-AIDS


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