neu·​ro·​sci·​ence | \ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s, 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, ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neuroscientist \ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist, ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina, told CNN Money that at the time, Philly promised big sales in November — not because of Thanksgiving, but because of the Army/Navy football game. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever," 20 Nov. 2018 The 6-foot center was named to the Merrimack Valley All-Conference squad and will head to Trinity College to study neuroscience., "2017-18 Girls' Basketball All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 Habteselassie, the first African-American woman to hold her position, said the tuition freeze helped her work toward a neuroscience degree at UC. Kate Murphy,, "'We are listening.' University of Cincinnati makes tuition decision.," 17 Apr. 2018 His thinking moved the field of neuroscience forward by leaps and bounds. Cate Mcquaid,, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 AveXis may be known for its SMA treatment, but its capabilities in gene therapy will help Novartis bolster its neuroscience offerings. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Why Novartis Is Paying $8.7 Billion for a Gene Therapy Developer You've Never Heard Of," 9 Apr. 2018 His drawings of brains helped formulate modern neuroscience., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 25 May 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Science Neuroscientist and public science communicator Anil Seth uses the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about neuroscience. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech," 28 June 2018 From questions about robot consciousness to the ethics of artificial intelligence, the show has taken some of the most compelling questions about technology and neuroscience and brought them into the realm of pop culture. Denise Chow, NBC News, "'Westworld' science adviser shares his vision of robots and the future of AI," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of neuroscience

1963, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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

Other Words from neuroscience

neuroscientific \-​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈtif-​ik \ adjective

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