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[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/ Psychiatry.
of, relating to, or characteristic of neurosis.
a neurotic person.
Origin of neurotic1
First recorded in 1870-75; neur(osis) + -otic
Related forms
neurotically, adverb
semineurotically, adverb
unneurotically, adverb
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[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/
adjective, Pathology.
pertaining to the nerves or to nerve disease; neural: no longer in technical use.
First recorded in 1765-75; neuro- + -tic Unabridged
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  • I was a little impatient with her; I had not suspected that she was so neurotic a woman.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Voltaire, the least Puritanical of men, is also the least neurotic.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Of course, as you say, it's a neurotic temperament that's at the bottom of the trouble.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • You are vastly more interesting to me because you are in a crux, and neurotic and anæmic.

    The Time of Roses

    L. T. Meade
  • The condition is probably of neurotic origin and tends to recur.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon
British Dictionary definitions for neurotic


of, relating to, or afflicted by neurosis
a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious
Derived Forms
neurotically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neurotic

1775, "acting upon or stimulating the nerves," from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + -otic, as in hypnotic. Sense of "affected by neurosis" is 1887. The noun meaning "a neurotic person" is from 1896. Related: Neurotically.

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neurotic in Medicine

neurotic neu·rot·ic (nu-rŏt'ĭk, nyu-)
Of, relating to, derived from, or affected with a neurosis. n.
A person suffering from a neurosis.

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