neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio)
: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development
neurotypical students
the neurotypical brain
neurotypical noun

Examples of neurotypical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food sensory issues result from differences in processing sensations as well as a need for safety in a world made for neurotypical minds. Betsy Andrews, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Animation studio for the series’ animation, and a production team of neurodiverse and neurotypical writers, advisers and voice talent. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 Most of these studies analyzed tissue from the same three brains, all donated by neurotypical men of European ancestry. Celia Ford, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2023 One study, which analyzed 1.1 million cells in 42 brain regions of neurotypical adults, identified specific neuronal cell types—mainly in the basal ganglia, a region involved in addictive behaviors—that were linked to 19 neuropsychiatric disorders and traits. Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 In general, students with ASD are placed in special education classes, separate from their neurotypical peers. Alexander Lopez, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023 And then folks who are neurotypical are those who fall outside of those categories. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 But children with autism are 160 times more likely to drown than neurotypical kids, according to a 2017 study in the American Journal of Public Health. Globe Staff,, 19 July 2023 The Sammy Center is inclusive of neurotypical and neurodivergent students and doesn’t turn children away because of behavioral issues. Megan Banta, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History


neuro- + typical

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neurotypical was in 1994

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“Neurotypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal ˌn(y)u̇r-(ˌ)ȯ-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio)
: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development
With developmental disorders, there is an added layer of confusion because people often appear neurotypical; they function well in some situations and not in others.Sallie Tisdale, Harper's
neurotypical noun
Studies have repeatedly shown that people with autism perform better than neurotypicals (that is, people whose brains function in a more typical fashion) on embedded-figure tests—a variation on the old something's hidden-in-the-picture game. Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, Time
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