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 neurotoxic (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a neurologist from out of state have also arrived in Eluru to conduct further neurotoxic tests, and are waiting for the results. Rhea Mogul, Esha Mitra, Vedika Sud And Deepak Ra, CNN, "Unidentified illness hospitalizes more than 300 people in India," 7 Dec. 2020 The critter, which lives in underwater caves and looks like an inch-long centipede, sports tiny needle-like front claws that can inject neurotoxic venom. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 Depending on where a Mojave lives, its venom can be mainly neurotoxic with overtones of hemotoxin, or vice-versa, or a more or less equal mix of the two. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The World’s Deadliest Snakes," 30 June 2020 The Brown Widow spider, like its cousins the Black Widow, Red Back Spider, and Katipo are spiders that carry a neurotoxic venom which can cause a set of symptoms known as Latrodectism. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World," 11 Nov. 2019 That's good news, considering kiddie staples such as macaroni and cheese showed up in the Better Babies list of most neurotoxic foods. CNN, "How to avoid toxic metals in your baby's food (and yours)," 21 Oct. 2019 The tests were commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which calls itself an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors trying to reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals during the first months of life. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "95% of tested baby foods contain toxic metals, report says," 17 Oct. 2019 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

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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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26 Dec 2020

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“Neurotoxic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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