neuropathy

noun

neu·​rop·​a·​thy nu̇-ˈrä-pə-thē How to pronounce neuropathy (audio)
nyu̇-
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 adjective
neuropathically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web People with severe neuropathy may require medication. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 22 Jan. 2023 Neuropathic pain can be caused by conditions such as shingles or diabetic neuropathy. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 This kind of neuropathy was not uncommon in autoimmune disorders. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Many people find that CBD helps relieve pain from all types of neuropathy, but some conditions respond better than others. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 Lupski himself suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, a rare hereditary disorder that reduces sensation in the limbs. Kathleen Mcauliffe, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2011 Podiatrists are the real experts in foot care of a person with a neuropathy, but any doctor can do a periodic exam. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 June 2022 After agreeing to the treatment, Lair went through a trial phase at UAMS to determine whether the device would help ease his neuropathy. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 7 Aug. 2022 Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects about half of all people with diabetes. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

neuro- + -pathy, probably after Italian neuropatia or French névropathie

First Known Use

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuropathy was circa 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Neuropathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuropathy. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

neuropathy

noun
neu·​rop·​a·​thy n(y)u̇-ˈräp-ə-thē How to pronounce neuropathy (audio)
plural neuropathies
: 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
also : a condition (as Guillain-Barré syndrome) marked by neuropathy see also peripheral neuropathy
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