neuropathy

noun
neu·​rop·​a·​thy | \ nu̇-ˈrä-pə-thē How to pronounce neuropathy (audio) , nyu̇- \
plural neuropathies

Definition of neuropathy

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

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Other Words from neuropathy

neuropathic \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈpa-​thik How to pronounce neuropathic (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neuropathically \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce neuropathically (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adverb

Examples of neuropathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, there was a 9% drop in adherence for drugs used to treat neuropathy and a 12% decline in adherence for medicines used to combat dementia. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Rising out-of-pocket costs for dementia and neuropathy drugs lower patient adherence," 20 Feb. 2020 It has been used in conjunction with alpha-lipoic acid to alleviate diabetic neuropathy (Minerva Medica, October 2017). Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Several of the children have rare genetic diseases including sickle cell anemia, giant axonal neuropathy and various other immunodeficiency diseases, according to the hospital spokeswoman. Joan Muwahed, ABC News, "Melania Trump lends a hand to ill children, helping to craft special valentines," 14 Feb. 2020 After Thomas’s pain from her neuropathy dissipated, doctors left her on the pain pills, furthering her dependency on the drugs. Washington Post, "‘It only took one pill’: How addiction starts," 23 Dec. 2019 Larry Fouts, 59, said kratom has relieved his neuropathy – the pins and needles feeling in his hands and feet – that opiates couldn’t help. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio delays kratom ban; bill proposed to regulate the herbal supplement," 12 Apr. 2019 Among the cancer staff, there is special affection for the jocular sufferer, the one who makes light of lousy bowel movements and extols the spiritual tonic of neuropathy. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 In addition to Russell, Stephen Curry (left hand), Jacob Evans III (left adductor), Draymond Green (left index finger), Kevon Looney (neuropathy) and Klay Thompson (left ACL) are out. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell ruled out of Blazers game with ankle injury," 4 Nov. 2019 In an individual without diabetes and neuropathy, a callus would cause a painful pressure point. David G. Armstrong, STAT, "Diabetic foot ulcers: a silent killer of veterans," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of neuropathy

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neuropathy

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

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The first known use of neuropathy was circa 1834

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“Neuropathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuropathy. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for neuropathy

neuropathy

noun
neu·​rop·​a·​thy | \ n(y)u̇-ˈräp-ə-thē How to pronounce neuropathy (audio) \
plural neuropathies

Medical Definition of neuropathy

: 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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