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a combining form meaning “nerve,” “nerves,” “nervous system,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, neur-.
Origin of neuro-
< Greek neuro-, combining form of neûron; akin to Latin nervus Unabridged
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  • The sliding forward door was drawn back, and a man was leaning out, neuro alert.

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  • From this position they could command, with Murray's neuro, anyone who might seek to enter the ship.

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  • Sime, following him, his neuro hissing death from side to side, marveled at his ferocity.

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British Dictionary definitions for neuro


combining form
indicating a nerve or the nervous system: neuroblast, neurology
Word Origin
from Greek neuron nerve; related to Latin nervus
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Word Origin and History for neuro


before vowels neur-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to a nerve or nerves or the nervous system," from Greek neuro-, comb. form of neuron "nerve," originally "sinew, tendon, cord, bowstring," also "strength, vigor," from PIE *(s)neu- "tendon, sinew" (see nerve).

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neuro in Medicine

neuro- or neur-

  1. Nerve: neuroblast.

  2. Neural: neuropathology.

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