neu·​rol·​o·​gy | \nu̇-ˈrä-lə-jē, nyu̇-\

Definition of neurology 

: a branch of medicine concerned especially with the structure, function, and diseases of the nervous system

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Other Words from neurology

neurological \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ or neurologic \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neurologically \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adverb

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In an odd twist of neurology, and to the diagnostic confusion of doctors, people can have migraines without headaches. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Raymond Cheung, a professor of neurology at the University of Hong Kong, said the specific health effects would depend on a range of factors. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 The leader of that team is Allison Willis, an assistant professor of neurology and epidemiology at Penn. Terri Akman,, "Parkinson's Disease may affect women differently. These researchers aim to find out why," 12 July 2018 Ariane Lewis, associate professor in neurology and neurosurgery at NYU Langone Health, says that all physicians need to understand brain death and follow professional guidelines. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Doctors Face Scrutiny About Defining Death," 28 May 2018 Even small children get migraines, said Dr. Andrew D. Hershey, chairman of neurology and director of the headache center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. New York Times, "F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines," 17 May 2018 And so, a Mother's Day column on death. *** Tucker, also a professor of neurology and neurocritical care at OHSU, told me that not a week goes by that someone doesn't die in the unit. Tom Hallman Jr.,, "The meaning of a mother's love through a doctor's diary: Tom Hallman," 12 May 2018 Today, The Cushing Center, in Yale School of Medicine’s library, is a peek into the history of neurology and a creepy vision from a low-budget horror movie. Susan Dunne,, "Yale's Cushing Library Is A Brainiac's Dream Come True," 2 May 2018 The company also provided CNN with a statement from Dr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology and an expert on movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "FDA worried drug was risky; now reports of deaths spark concern," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of neurology

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurology

neuro- + -logy

Note: Earlier in the senses "anatomy of the nerves, description of the nervous system," probably taken from the neo-Greek coinage neurología (in the genitive neurologías), introduced by the English physician Thomas Willis (1621-75) in Cerebri anatome, cui accessit nervorum descriptio et usus (London, 1664), p. 235.

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The first known use of neurology was circa 1681

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English Language Learners Definition of neurology

medical : the scientific study of the nervous system and the diseases that affect it


neu·​rol·​o·​gy | \-jē \

Medical Definition of neurology 

: a branch of medicine concerned especially with the structure, function, and diseases of the nervous system

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