neurotic

1
[ noo-rot-ik, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ- /
Psychiatry.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of neurosis.

noun

a neurotic person.

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Origin of neurotic

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First recorded in 1870–75; neur(osis) + -otic

OTHER WORDS FROM neurotic

neu·rot·ic·al·ly, adverbsem·i·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH neurotic

neurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic

Definition for neurotic (2 of 2)

neurotic2
[ noo-rot-ik, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ- /

adjective Pathology.

pertaining to the nerves or to nerve disease; neural: no longer in technical use.

Origin of neurotic

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First recorded in 1765–75; neuro- + -tic
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British Dictionary definitions for neurotic

neurotic
/ (njʊˈrɒtɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or afflicted by neurosis

noun

a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious

Derived forms of neurotic

neurotically, adverb
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Medical definitions for neurotic

neurotic
[ nu-rŏtĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, derived from, or affected with a neurosis.

n.

A person suffering from a neurosis.
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