peripheral neuropathy

noun

: a disease or degenerative state of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are more than 100 types of this nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy. Amanda Gardner, Health, 26 Jan. 2023 It is approved to treat musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia and painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Karen Weintraub, USA Today, 11 Dec. 2022 There are hundreds of possible causes of peripheral neuropathy. New York Times, 30 June 2022 In addition, peripheral neuropathy can occur when high blood sugar damages nerves in the body. Mathew Devine, SELF, 23 May 2022 Maassen, who has peripheral neuropathy, is riding to raise awareness for the condition as well as funding for the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. Bill Jones, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 The result of something called peripheral neuropathy, this happens when the nerves of your peripheral nervous system (think the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord) become damaged. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 3 May 2022 Diabetes that's not kept in check can lead to a condition called peripheral neuropathy, which damages the nerves in your hands and feet. Esther Crain, Health.com, 22 Nov. 2021 Restless leg syndrome can accompany other more serious medical conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, iron deficiency, and spinal cord problems. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peripheral neuropathy was in 1936

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“Peripheral neuropathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peripheral%20neuropathy. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

peripheral neuropathy

noun
: a disease or degenerative state (as polyneuropathy) of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness
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