no·​o·​tro·​pic | \ ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce nootropic (audio) \

Definition of nootropic

: a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning

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nootropic adjective

Examples of nootropic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New York City’s newest ultra-hip acupuncture startup WTHN is selling a nootropic. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 Cognition-enhancing supplements, aka nootropics—which logged sales upward of $640 million in 2015 alone—are no different. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Researchers find dangerous, FDA-rejected drug in supplements—by reading labels," 26 Nov. 2019 See, for instance, Jack Dorsey’s regimen of weekend fasts or Elon Musk’s use of nootropics. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 The medical community is skeptical of nootropics, and discourages their use. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 Today’s conservative boosters of nootropics promise similar access to rational clarity and unitary purpose. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 This year, nootropics have gone thoroughly mainstream by intersecting with other powerful consumer trends. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 Though its name suggests a nootropics concern or a purveyor of networked exercise equipment, Superhuman’s unbodied offering is productivity software for the inbox. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What the Superhuman Controversy Reveals About the Shifting Ethics of Software," 17 July 2019 Awakened Futures encouraged that attitude by handing out nootropics to every entrant. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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no·​o·​tro·​pic | \ ˌnō-ə-ˈtrō-pik, -ˈträp-ik How to pronounce nootropic (audio) \

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



Medical Definition of nootropic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nootropic substance and especially a drug

called also smart drug

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