neu·​ro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌnu̇r-ō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce neurobiology (audio)
: a branch of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system
neurobiological adjective
neurobiologist noun

Examples of neurobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marlene Oscar Berman, a professor emeritus in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, has spent her career studying the relationship between alcohol use disorder and its impact on neurobiology and neuropsychology. Alexandra Becker, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2022 Another consideration is the water quality of their tanks, says Clifton Ragsdale, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Chicago who studies octopuses. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 6 Oct. 2023 Van der Geer and colleagues from institutions in Italy, Greece, and Sweden were inspired to look into this area of neurobiology by a visit to Chicago’s Field Museum. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 17 Aug. 2023 Figuring out how brains control escape might very well produce insights into the neurobiology of other survival strategies. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2023 The neurobiology of modafinil as an enhancer of cognitive performance and a potential treatment for substance use disorders. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Research in neurobiology helped draw the causal connections, always emphasizing the importance of early relationships, explaining the ways these early adversities, by disrupting those relationships, affected the body and mind. Perri Klass Md, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2023 The professor teaching Villeda’s first upper-division class, in developmental neurobiology, invited him to volunteer in her laboratory, and then encouraged him to apply to graduate school. Dan Hurley, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2023 And concussions aren’t the only thing to worry about, said the study’s leader, Robert Stern, director of clinical research for the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center and professor of neurology, neurosurgery and anatomy & neurobiology at BU School of Medicine. Martin Finucane,, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurobiology was in 1906

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“Neurobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy -bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce neurobiology (audio)
plural neurobiologies
: a branch of science that deals with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system
neurobiological adjective
also neurobiologic
neurobiologically adverb
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