neu·​ro·​in·​va·​sive ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-in-ˈvā-siv How to pronounce neuroinvasive (audio)
: infecting or capable of infecting the nervous system and especially the central nervous system
The most lethal pediatric neuroinvasive arboviral disease is eastern equine encephalitis virus infection, with a 38% mortality rate.Bruce Jancin
Most people who get West Nile virus will not show symptoms, but the 1 percent who contract the neuroinvasive form can experience meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis.Brittany Hanson
also : of, relating to, or caused by a neuroinvasive disease or infection
… 37% of West Nile patients whose cases were reported to the government developed "neuroinvasive" complications, like meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. Marilyn Chase

Examples of neuroinvasive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web West Nile killed 11 people and caused 101 cases of neuroinvasive infections — those linked to serious illness such as meningitis or encephalitis — in Colorado in 2021, the highest numbers in 18 years. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 All of the 101 deaths occurred in those with neuroinvasive disease. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2023 More than 90 percent of the U.S. cases in the last decade involved neuroinvasive disease. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 9 June 2022 Over the past decade, the U.S. has seen an average of about 1,300 neuroinvasive West Nile cases each year. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Nine of the 11 Utahns who have been diagnosed with West Nile virus have the neuroinvasive version. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 One percent of people might develop a serious, neuroinvasive form of the disease, said Dr. Paul Mayer, medical officer with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 As Hermance and Thangamani report in Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Powassan virus is the cause of a severe neuroinvasive disease with a 10% mortality rate. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 23 May 2022 He was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, a more severe form of the illness. Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


neuro- + invasive entry 1

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuroinvasive was in 1966

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“Neuroinvasive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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