neu·​ro·​pro·​tec·​tive | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-prə-ˈtek-tiv How to pronounce neuroprotective (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neuroprotective

: serving to protect neurons from injury or degeneration neuroprotective drugs

Examples of neuroprotective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delta 8 THC may also have neuroprotective properties and could help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2022 If deletion of the APOE gene is neuroprotective in mouse models, then perhaps decreasing APOE levels in the human brain would slow down neurodegeneration, particularly in people carrying the APOE4 variant. Jason Ulrich, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 Amylyx is testing the sodium phenylbutrate-taurursodiol combination in Alzheimer’s disease, and has identified other compounds preclinically that could also be neuroprotective. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 2 Sep. 2020 With further research, LBD may ultimately be treated and prevented through early detection and neuroprotective interventions. Mike Oliver |, al, 30 Oct. 2019 The neuroprotective cells can tilt the balance toward recovery. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2019 In contrast, as an antioxidant, JW-1 may have neuroprotective effects. Brendan Bures,, 6 Aug. 2019 In 2003, along with two colleagues, Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod, an American, obtained a patent on the drug for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Kieron Monks, CNN, 9 Oct. 2017 The siblings started the Blechman Foundation and their nonprofit national organization has raised about $300,000 in early-stage funding for six pilot projects in neuroprotective research that can perhaps delay or avoid PD for those at risk. Christina Mayo, miamiherald, 10 May 2017 See More

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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neu·​ro·​pro·​tec·​tive | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-prə-ˈtek-tiv How to pronounce neuroprotective (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuroprotective

: serving to protect nerve cells from injury or degeneration Neuroprotective strategies involve interfering with the ischemic cascade, thereby prolonging and substantially reducing stroke size. — Lewis B. Morgenstern, M.D. et al., Scientific American Medical Bulletin Laboratory and clinical studies with selegiline are promising, but have not yet firmly established that selegiline, or any other drug, is neuroprotective.— Warren Olanow, The Journal of the American Medical Association

Other Words from neuroprotective

neuroprotection \ -​ˈtek-​shən How to pronounce neuroprotective (audio) \ noun
Neuroprotection is another approach that has become important in glaucoma research. It is the use of drugs to protect optic nerve cells from taking in too much calcium, thus strengthening them against growing intraocular pressure. — Aimee Phan, USA Today


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