nootropic

noun
no·​o·​tro·​pic | \ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik \

Definition of nootropic 

: a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning

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nootropic adjective

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Will nootropics combat it one day, or will some of these experiments end badly? Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Brainhackers Are Concocting DIY "Smart Drug" Cocktails," 28 Apr. 2018 Brainhackers playing with nootropics tend to be overachieving type-A personalities not afraid to experiment, using themselves as lab rats. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Brainhackers Are Concocting DIY "Smart Drug" Cocktails," 28 Apr. 2018 This could produce the same effects as nootropics or smart drugs, but with fewer potential side effects, as the brain is stimulated directly. Dom Galeon, NBC News, "Have Scientists Found a Way to 'Turbocharge' the Human Brain?," 12 Oct. 2017 Vinh Ngo, a San Francisco family practice doctor who specializes in hormone therapy, has become familiar with piracetam and other nootropics through a changing patient base. Sara Solovitch, Washington Post, "Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley," 11 June 2017 For Burke and other brain hackers, the evidence for nootropics is strong enough. Sara Solovitch, Washington Post, "Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley," 11 June 2017 One recent craze in this area concerns nootropics: drugs or supplements that are supposed to improve cognitive function. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "Maria Sharapova and the Pharmaceutical Quest for an Edge," 11 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of nootropic

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nootropic

French nootrope "nootropic drug" (from Greek noo-, combining form of nóos, contracted noûs "mind, intellect"—of uncertain origin—+ French -trope "changing in the way specified," borrowed from Greek -tropos -tropous) + -ic entry 1

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The first known use of nootropic was in 1976

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nootropic

adjective
no·​o·​tro·​pic | \ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik, -ˈträp-ik \

Medical Definition of nootropic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or promoting the enhancement of cognition and memory and the facilitation of learning nootropic drugs

nootropic

noun

Medical Definition of nootropic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nootropic substance and especially a drug

called also smart drug

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