neu·​ro·​tox·​ic | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈtäk-sik How to pronounce neurotoxic (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurotoxic

: toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue

Other Words from neurotoxic

neurotoxicity \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˌtäk-​ˈsi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce neurotoxic (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

Examples of neurotoxic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lead is a neurotoxic metal that can erode brain cells after entering the body, health experts say. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 Krakauer’s argument was built around a scientific paper that details the neurotoxic elements and effects of a particular amino acid in the wild potato plant McCandless had been eating. The Editors, Outside Online, 12 Feb. 2015 The eyelash viper is venomous—a bite releases hemotoxic venom that compromises the cardiovascular and central nervous systems until neurotoxic paralysis takes over, at which point the viper will swallow its prey whole. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2022 Research in animals and humans confirms that MDMA produces no neurotoxic effects at the doses administered in clinical trials. New York Times, 3 May 2021 Bright Cities program partners with local nonprofits and city governments to reduce a community’s exposures to neurotoxic chemicals by lowering the levels of these chemicals in the air, water, food, soil, and in everyday consumer products., 22 Apr. 2021 The researchers also looked at changing levels of the neurotoxic heavy metal mercury in the whales’ bodies. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2021 Other research on essential oils derived from cloves, pine, and cinnamon have found similar neurotoxic results in insects. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, 16 Mar. 2021 From the time of conception through the age of 2, babies have an extremely high sensitivity to neurotoxic chemicals, said Jane Houlihan, the national director of science and health for Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 How to pronounce neurotoxic (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurotoxic

: toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue

Other Words from neurotoxic

neurotoxicity \ -​ˌtäk-​ˈsis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce neurotoxic (audio) \ noun, plural neurotoxicities


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