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

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His doctors finally diagnosed him with nutritional optic neuropathy, which is dysfunction of the optic nerve when nutrients essential for nerve fiber function are in short supply. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Fussy eater” goes blind after years of eating only junk food," 4 Sep. 2019 Eventually, the boy was diagnosed with nutritional optic neuropathy, or a dysfunction of the optic nerve from nutritional deficiencies that left him blind. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "A Teenage Boy Went Blind After Eating French Fries Everyday. How Does That Happen?," 4 Sep. 2019 Researchers from Bristol Medical School and the Bristol Eye Hospital examined the case and concluded that the patient suffered nutritional optic neuropathy, a dysfunction of the optic nerve. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Teen boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and French fries," 3 Sep. 2019 The case report notes that, aside from ARFID, nutritional optic neuropathy can be caused by drugs and a combination of poor diet and alcohol use or smoking. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "A Teenage Boy Went Blind After Eating French Fries Everyday. How Does That Happen?," 4 Sep. 2019 In some places, malnutrition caused by poverty, war and drought is linked to higher rates of nutritional optic neuropathy, according to a statement. Jack Guy, CNN, "Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and French fries," 3 Sep. 2019 The hospice patient’s chemotherapy treatments had left her with a rare form of neuropathy. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "A Wing, A Prayer, And A Parachute," 26 Aug. 2019 One of her clients is Sharon Fillner, 62, who has neuropathy, a degenerative nerve disease. Harriet L. Blake, Dallas News, "Include them in: Meeting seniors where they are helps overcome isolation," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mom, 84, now has chronic neuropathy in her lower legs and uses a wheelchair. Dallas News, "'Texas in my heart': Aging Tongans still call Euless home," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of neuropathy

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuropathy

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

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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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