neu·​ro·​ac·​tive | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce neuroactive (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neuroactive

: stimulating neural tissue

Examples of neuroactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allopregnanolone is a neuroactive steroid, structurally similar to progesterone, that acts on GABA receptors and is believed to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety by amplifying GABAergic signaling throughout the brain. Husseini Manji, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 To remedy the situation in the meantime, the group came up with a definition for neonatal abstinence syndrome: any baby who is prenatally exposed to any neuroactive substance and exhibits symptoms is diagnosed with NAS. Naseem S. Miller,, 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of neuroactive

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Neuroactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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neu·​ro·​ac·​tive | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce neuroactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuroactive

: stimulating neural tissue injected a neuroactive substance into the blood

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