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

Definition of neurotoxic

: toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue

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

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Lab studies on methylisothiazolinone indicate that the chemical may also be neurotoxic in vitro — or, carry potential to damage developing nervous systems. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Some people held in border detention centers are being forced to bathe themselves with shampoo. The issue is far bigger than personal hygiene.," 3 July 2019 Cannabis advocates often argue that the drug can’t be as neurotoxic as studies suggest because otherwise Western countries would have seen population-wide increases in psychosis alongside rising marijuana use. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of neurotoxic was in 1902

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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 neurotoxicity (audio) \ noun, plural neurotoxicities

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