Definition of neuroprotective
: serving to protect neurons from injury or degeneration <neuroprotective drugs>
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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, June 2000> <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, 6 Mar. 1996>
neuroprotection\-ˈtek-shən\play 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, 17 Aug. 1999>
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