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

Examples of neuropathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That summer, he was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a rare genetic disease that destroys the optic nerve. Lori Riley, courant.com, 10 Oct. 2021 At age 13, Malone was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, which affects the optic nerve. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2021 Peripheral neuropathy has a variety of causes, from conditions like cancer and diabetes; West Nile and other viral infections; some drugs such as chemotherapy; and alcoholism. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Between 60% and 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage or neuropathy. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 May 2021 According to its website, WaveTech Therapy offers treatment for erectile dysfunction, chronic pain and neuropathy. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 12 Apr. 2021 Armed with a stack of documentation built with help from his counsel and doctors, Theodorou submitted his case and was approved to use cannabis to treat pain associated with bilateral neuropathy. Amanda Siebert, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Oman never knew when her neuropathy would flare up. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 Some, such as phantom smells, are mysterious, while others are debilitating and include migraines, tachycardia, and intense neuropathy in her hands. Joanne Mcneil, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Neuropathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuropathy. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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