neuropathy

noun neu·rop·a·thy \ nu̇-ˈrä-pə-thē , nyu̇- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of neuropathy

plural neuropathies
1 : damage, disease, or dysfunction of one or more nerves especially of the peripheral nervous system that is typically marked by burning or shooting pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness or atrophy, is often degenerative, and is usually caused by injury, infection, disease, drugs, toxins, or vitamin deficiency
  • Each of the drugs comes with a long list of possible nasty side effects, ranging from liver and kidney damage to pancreatitis and neuropathy in the limbs.
  • —David Sanford
  • …the condition known as diabetic neuropathy, a gradual deterioration of peripheral nerves that generally affects old patients and initially causes a painful burning sensation in the hands and feet.
  • —Sandra Blakeslee
  • neuropathy involving the seventh cranial nerve was caused by being hit in the face by the stick.
  • —Clifton P. Rose
— see also peripheral neuropathy
2 : a condition (such as Guillain-Barré syndrome marked by neuropathy

neuropathic

play \ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈpa-thik, ˌnyu̇r-\ adjective

neuropathically

play \ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē, ˌnyu̇r-\ adverb

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neuropathy

noun neu·rop·a·thy \ n(y)u̇-ˈräp-ə-thē \

medical Definition of neuropathy

plural neuropathies
: an abnormal and usually degenerative state of the nervous system or nerves; also : a systemic condition (as muscular atrophy) that stems from a neuropathy

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