neu·​ro·​tox·​ic | \ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈtäk-sik, ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neurotoxic 

: toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue

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neurotoxicity \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˌtäk-​ˈsi-​sə-​tē , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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The administrator began reversing the proposal to ban the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, going against all credible scientific advice. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt is leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA," 6 July 2018 The spiders’ venom contains a neurotoxic component, according to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Char Adams,, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 Brown recluse spider venom includes a neurotoxic component, that is known to cause chills, fever or, in some rare cases, death. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Woman rushed to ER with brown recluse spider bites, then finds dozens more infesting her apartment," 6 July 2018 All those air pollutants, those neurotoxic substances have disappeared, today. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Air pollution poses health risk to Houstonians, study finds," 2 July 2018 Making of a zombie Jewel wasps are a beautiful if terrifying example of how neurotoxic venoms can do much more than paralyze. Christie Wilcox, Scientific American, "How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies," 1 May 2017 Jewel wasp venom is only one example of neurotoxic venom taken to the extreme. Christie Wilcox, Scientific American, "How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies," 1 May 2017 There are even species whose neurotoxic compounds get through our own blood-brain barrier, a feat that no wasp venom can yet achieve. Christie Wilcox, Scientific American, "How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies," 1 May 2017 Speaking of leaded gas, which is famously neurotoxic, what is the invention in the book that has had overall the most negative impact on society? Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "From Lightbulbs to Mutual Funds: Tim Harford on Inventions That Changed the Modern Economy," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of neurotoxic

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurotoxic

neuro- + toxic entry 1, probably after French névrotoxique

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neu·​ro·​tox·​ic | \ˌn(y)u̇r-ə-ˈtäk-sik \

Medical Definition of neurotoxic 

: toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue

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neurotoxicity \ -​ˌtäk-​ˈsis-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties

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