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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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  • This brings to mind certain facts met with from time to time in our neurotic cliniques.

  • Voltaire, the least Puritanical of men, is also the least neurotic.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • After some sudden emotion or fright or accident a neurotic person proves to be quite unable to talk.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • 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
  • It was no good instructing the girl if she was going to talk about God in that neurotic modern way.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
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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