Definition of neurotropic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͝orəˈträpik/ Pronunciation: /-ˈtrō-/


(Of a virus, toxin, or chemical) tending to attack or affect the nervous system preferentially.
Example sentences
  • JC virus, a human neurotropic polyomavirus, is the etiologic infectious agent of this disease.
  • Since then, other groups have applied this method to study CNS pathways, and various neurotropic viruses have been used, including pseudorabies virus.
  • The likely explanation is thought to be a local, highly neurotropic, measles virus.



Pronunciation: /n(y)o͞oˈrätrəˌpizəm/
Example sentences
  • Focal neurotropism was identified in 3 tumors.
  • Rabies virus presents strict neurotropism in vivo, but it can also infect non-neuronal cells in vitro.
  • Spindled dermal melanoma cells, with or without neurotropism and desmoplasia, are also seen in this variety.

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Syllabification: neu·ro·trop·ic

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