neurotic

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

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of neurosis.

noun

a neurotic person.

Origin of neurotic

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First recorded in 1870–75; neur(osis) + -otic
Related formsneu·rot·ic·al·ly, adverbsem·i·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic

Definition for neurotic (2 of 2)

neurotic

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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.

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 Formsneurotically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neurotic

neurotic


adj.

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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Medicine 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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