neu·​ro·​chem·​is·​try | \ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈke-mə-strē, ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neurochemistry 

1 : the study of the chemical makeup and activities of nervous tissue

2 : chemical processes and phenomena related to the nervous system

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neurochemical \ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈke-​mi-​kəl, ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective or noun
neurochemist \ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈke-​mist, ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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Observing this seemingly adaptive behavior, investigators started to probe the genetics and neurochemistry that distinguish the more resistant animals. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Can a Pill that Boosts ‘Resilience’ Treat Depression?," 11 Apr. 2018 Where Freud found meaning in dream images of staircases and cravats, today’s researchers — reflecting a broader trend within psychology — look to neurochemistry and computer science for insights. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How our dreams made us human," 23 Mar. 2018 The biological model on which psychoanalysis was based has been superseded by newer discoveries, particularly in neurochemistry. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Cutting ’Em Down to Size," 5 Sep. 2017 Take her description of the neurochemistry behind the seemingly irresistible draw to check our phones or try for one more level on Candy Crush Saga. Seth Mnookin, New York Times, "High Anxiety: A New Approach to What Explains Compulsive Behavior," 8 Mar. 2017 But then again, what is deeper than neurochemistry? Chris Nashawaty, WIRED, "The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah," 17 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of neurochemistry

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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neu·​ro·​chem·​is·​try | \-ˈkem-ə-strē \
plural neurochemistries

Medical Definition of neurochemistry 

1 : the study of the chemical makeup and activities of nervous tissue

2 : chemical processes and phenomena related to the nervous system

Other Words from neurochemistry

neurochemical \-​ˈkem-​i-​kəl \ adjective or noun
neurochemically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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