[lee-vee-mon-tl-chee-nee, ley-; Italian le-vee-mawn-tahl-chee-nee]
- Rita,1909–2012, U.S. neurologist, born in Italy: Nobel Prize 1986.
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Levi-Montalcini(lē′vē-mŏn′tl-chē′nē, lĕ′vē-môn′täl-)Rita Born 1909
- Italian-American developmental biologist. She shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the nerve growth factor.
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- 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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