neu·​ro·​trop·​ic ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈträ-pik How to pronounce neurotropic (audio)
: having an affinity for or localizing selectively in nerve tissue
the neurotropic rabies virus

Examples of neurotropic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the pandemic has progressed, evidence has grown to indicate that COVID is neurotropic — adept at invading nerve cells. Lauren Caruba,, 11 Jan. 2021

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Word History


neuro- + -tropic

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neurotropic was in 1900

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“Neurotropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​trop·​ic ˌn(y)u̇r-ə-ˈträp-ik How to pronounce neurotropic (audio)
: having an affinity for or localizing selectively in nerve tissue
neurotropic stains
neurotropic viruses
compare dermotropic, pantropic
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