nerve growth factor

noun

: a protein that promotes development of the sensory and sympathetic nervous systems and is required for maintenance of sympathetic neurons

Examples of nerve growth factor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This mushroom may increase nerve growth factor (NGF), which helps brain cells develop and protect themselves. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 In particular, nootropics rich in amino acids may support a healthy nerve growth factor and neural communication, causing a boost in your short-term memory and recall ability. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 For example, some focus on your neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), while others target blood flow circulation, brain oxygen levels, nerve growth factor proteins, or nutrient deprivation. Dallas News, 24 July 2022 In 1991, Japanese researchers discovered that Lion’s Mane contains two novel classes of nerve growth factor — molecules called hericenones and erinacines — that stimulate the differentiation and re-myelination of neurons. Discover Magazine, 31 May 2013 For years, scientists hoped that limiting something called nerve growth factor would inhibit pain. Karen Weintraub, USA Today, 11 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nerve growth factor was in 1958

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“Nerve growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nerve%20growth%20factor. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

nerve growth factor

noun
: a protein that promotes development of the sensory and sympathetic nervous systems and is required for maintenance of sympathetic neurons
abbreviation NGF
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