neu·​rol·​o·​gy | \ nu̇-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce neurology (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of neurology

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

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

Examples of neurology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The goal of the new design was to spare patients having to take a placebo, said Erik Wallstroem, therapy head for neurology at Sanofi, and to speed up the conduct of the trial. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Sanofi reports positive results on multiple sclerosis drug licensed from Principia," 6 Feb. 2020 While the human brain does most of its visual processing in a region called the occipital lobe, cephalopod neurology appears to be a bit more disorganized. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 The rise in stroke, and the dearth of specialized care, tipped Zimba toward neurology. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 Sacks’s original narrative, in the book called Awakenings, is a significant literary achievement, and one that brought new awareness to the role that humanism, as a discipline, could play in the study of neurology. Rick Moody, The New York Review of Books, "‘Three Christs,’ Schizophrenia & Us," 12 Jan. 2020 One of the challenges of CWD research is the concentrations of prions in tissues and fluids can be very low, said Rodrigo Morales, associate professor of neurology with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, who led the lab portion of the study. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In a first, researchers find CWD prions in deer semen," 8 Jan. 2020 Mahesh Thakkar, a professor of neurology and director of research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, set out to see what makes drunk sleep so terrible—and so terribly short. Popular Science, "Why it’s tough to sleep in after a night of drinking," 1 Jan. 2020 The center will draw on expertise in the neurology and psychiatry departments at the UC San Francisco medical school and psychology, education and public health departments at UC Berkeley. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "$20 million Schwab donation to create joint dyslexia research center at UC Berkeley and UCSF," 13 Sep. 2019 During the same time period, companies developing neurology medicines raised a total of $1.7 billion in venture funding, and oncology companies secured $4.2 billion in venture investment. Megan Blewett, Fortune, "How to Cure the Antibiotic Industry’s Profitability Infection," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Neurology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce neurology (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurology

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

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