[ noo-rop-uh-thee, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒp ə θi, nyʊ- /


any diseased condition of the nervous system.

Nearby words

  1. neuropathic arthropathy,
  2. neuropathic bladder,
  3. neuropathic joint,
  4. neuropathogenesis,
  5. neuropathology,
  6. neuropeptide,
  7. neuropharmacology,
  8. neurophysin,
  9. neurophysiology,
  10. neuropil

Origin of neuropathy

First recorded in 1855–60; neuro- + -pathy

Related formsneu·ro·path·ic [noo r-uh-path-ik, nyoo r-] /ˌnʊər əˈpæθ ɪk, ˌnyʊər-/, adjectiveneu·ro·path·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neuropathy

  • Neuropathy and an unsound, nervous organisation are often enough legacies from the nervous disorders of childhood.

    The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
  • There he will find the very beginnings of things, the growing point, as it were, of all neuropathy.

    The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
  • In consequence, “sexual storms” result in neuropaths, whether the neuropathy be inherited or acquired.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for neuropathy


/ (njʊˈrɒpəθɪ) /


disease of the nervous system
Derived Formsneuropathic (ˌnjʊərəʊˈpæθɪk), adjectiveneuropathically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for neuropathy



1827, from neuro- + -pathy. Related: Neuropath; neuropathic; neuropathist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for neuropathy


[ nu-rŏpə-thē ]


A disease or abnormality of the nervous system, especially one affecting the cranial or spinal nerves.
Related formsneu′ro•pathic (nur′ə-păthĭk) adj.

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