no·​o·​tro·​pic ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce nootropic (audio)
: a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning
nootropic adjective

Examples of nootropic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phenibut is a powerful nootropic with anxiolytic and sedative effects. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Like all nootropics, Fladrafinil does come with some risk for negative side effects. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Its unique blend of nootropics and caffeine provides a steady stream of energy and laser-sharp focus, without the jitters or crash commonly associated with other pre workout supplements. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2023 Designed specifically for powerlifters, this pre workout contains a strong blend of stimulants and nootropics to help boost energy, focus, and endurance. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2023 However, the focus has mostly been on daytime supplements, leaving nighttime nootropics largely unnoticed. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 And in general, consumers are open to reducing stress, improving cognitive function, and improving their wellbeing through plants and herbs (think: adaptogens, mushrooms, and nootropics). Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 9 Feb. 2023 For example, Noopept, a synthetic nootropic, often has almost immediate effects on cognitive ability. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 Mind Fuel Treat your brain to an all-natural holistic nootropic with Primal Harvest Primal Mind Fuel. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nootropic was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“Nootropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
no·​o·​tro·​pic ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik, -ˈträp-ik How to pronounce nootropic (audio)
: of, relating to, or promoting the enhancement of cognition and memory and the facilitation of learning
nootropic drugs


2 of 2 noun
: a nootropic substance and especially a drug

called also smart drug

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