neu·​ro·​sci·​ence | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neuroscience

: a branch (such as neurophysiology) of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially with their relation to behavior and learning

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neuroscientific \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fik How to pronounce neuroscientific (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neuroscientist \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist How to pronounce neuroscientist (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

Examples of neuroscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gifty, a young neuroscience student, makes great strides in her research on depression and addiction. Sian Babish,, "Best books of fall 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 The book’s narrator, Gifty, a brilliant neuroscience student at Stanford, grapples with her brother’s tragic death and her mother’s debilitating grief. William Tipper, WSJ, "Fall Reading: Our Reviewers’ Picks," 1 Oct. 2020 Susan Waters-Eller, 70, uses principles from neuroscience to create surreal and occasionally disquieting landscapes. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "What to expect from 2020’s big art prize winners: MICA professors Susan Waters-Eller and LaToya Hobbs," 18 Sep. 2020 In 2019, the organization committed $20 million to support research on music and neuroscience. Luke Ottenhof, Popular Mechanics, "Music Has Always Made Us Feel Better. Can Tech Help the Healing?," 26 July 2020 The essay interweaves an intimate portrayal of the complexities of his brother’s life both before and after the accident, and of their sibling relationship, with what’s known about neuroscience of recklessness. Longreads, "“The Final Five Percent” Wins 2020 Science in Society Journalism Award," 26 Sep. 2020 Medel will study neuroscience and English at Brown. David Hinojosa,, "S.A. area athletes who finished top of their classes," 13 June 2020 Sayak Ghosh, 21 years old, is graduating from New York University this December with a degree in neuroscience. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "U.S. Medical School Applications Soar in Covid-19 Era," 21 Sep. 2020 At the same time that Yaa Gyasi was working on her first novel, her best friend Christina Kim was working on her doctoral thesis in neuroscience. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Yaa Gyasi talks about the tension between science and faith in new novel 'Transcendent Kingdom'," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of neuroscience

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Neuroscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neuroscience

: the scientific study of nerves and especially of how nerves affect learning and behavior


neu·​ro·​sci·​ence | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuroscience

: a branch (as neurophysiology) of science that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially their relation to behavior and learning

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neuroscientific \ -​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈtif-​ik How to pronounce neuroscientific (audio) \ adjective

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