Nephritic stone(Min.), nephrite; jade. See Nephrite.

(Neph"a*lism) n. [Gr. soberness, fr. sober, to drink no wine: cf. F. néphalisme.] Total abstinence from spirituous liquor.

(Neph"a*list) n. [Cf. F. néphaliste.] One who advocates or practices nephalism.

(Neph"e*line Neph"e*lite) , n. [gr. cloud: cf. F. néphéline. Cf. Nebula.] (Min.) A mineral occuring at Vesuvius, in glassy hexagonal crystals; also elsewhere, in grayish or greenish masses having a greasy luster, as the variety elæolite. It is a silicate of aluminia, soda, and potash.

(Neph`e*lo*dom"e*ter) n. [Gr. a cloud + way + -meter.] (Meteorol.) An instrument for reckoning the distances or velocities of clouds.

(Neph`e*lom"e*ter) n. [Gr. a cloud + -meter.] An instrument for measuring or registering the amount of cloudiness.

(Neph"ew) (nef"u; in England nev"u; 277), n. [OE. neveu, nevou, nevu, fr. F. neveu, OF. also, nevou, L. nepos; akin to AS. nefa, D. neef, G. neffe, OHG. nevo, Icel. nefi a kinsman, Gr. ne`podes, pl., brood, young, Skr. nepat grandson, descendant. &radic262. Cf. Niece, Nepotism.]

1. A grandson or grandchild, or remoter lineal descendant. [Obs.]

But if any widow have children or nephews [Rev. Ver. grandchildren].
1 Tim. v. 4.

If naturalists say true that nephews are often liker to their grandfathers than to their fathers.
Jer. Taylor.

2. A cousin. [Obs.] Shak.

3. The son of a brother or a sister, or of a brother-in-law or sister-in-law. Chaucer.

(||Neph"i*lim) n. pl. [Heb. nephilim.] Giants. Gen. vi. 4. Num. xiii. 33.

(Neph"o*scope) n. [Gr. a cloud + -scope.] (Meteorol.) An instrument for observing the clouds and their velocity.

(||Ne*phral"gi*a Ne*phral"gy) , n. [NL. nephralgia, fr. Gr. a kidney + pain: cf. F. néphralgie.] (Med.) Neuralgia of the kidneys; a disease characterized by pain in the region of the kidneys without any structural lesion of the latter. Quain.

(Ne*phrid"i*al) a. (Zoöl. & Anat.) Of or pertaining to a nephridium.

(||Ne*phrid"i*um) n.; pl. Nephridia [NL., fr. Gr. of the kidneys.] (Zoöl. & Anat.) A segmental tubule; one of the tubules of the primitive urinogenital organs; a segmental organ. See Illust. under Loeven's larva.

(Neph"rite) n. [Cf. F. néphrite. See Nephritis.] (Min.) A hard compact mineral, of a dark green color, formerly worn as a remedy for diseases of the kidneys, whence its name; kidney stone; a kind of jade. See Jade.

(Ne*phrit"ic Ne*phrit"ic*al) , a. [L. nephriticus, Gr. : cf. F. néphrétique. See Nephritis.]

1. Of or pertaining to the kidneys or urinary organs; renal; as, a nephritic disease.

2. (Med.) (a) Affected with a disease of the kidneys; as, a nephritic patient. (b) Relieving disorders of the kidneys; affecting the kidneys; as, a nephritic medicine.

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