[ lee-vee-mon-tl-chee-nee, ley-; Italian le-vee-mawn-tahl-chee-nee ]

  1. Rita, 1909–2012, U.S. neurologist, born in Italy: Nobel Prize 1986.

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[ vē-mŏn′tl-chēnē, lĕvē-mōn′täl- ]

  1. Italian-born American developmental biologist who discovered the nerve growth factor (NGF), a bodily substance that stimulates the growth of nerve cells. For this work she shared with American biochemist Stanley Cohen the 1986 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.

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