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 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,, "Amidst opioid epidemic, new medical codes may have muddled data," 17 Oct. 2017

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Neuroactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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