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nootropic

[ noh-uh-trop-ik, ‐troh-pik ]
/ ˌnoʊ əˈtrɒp ɪk, ‐ˈtroʊ pɪk /
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adjective

(of a drug or other substance) capable of enhancing memory, concentration, or other cognitive functions and of preventing cognitive decline: Each capsule contains six different nootropic substances.

noun

Also called smart drug. a drug or other substance that enhances memory, concentration, or other cognitive functions: The effectiveness, and safety, of certain nootropics remain debatable.

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Origin of nootropic

First recorded in 1970–75; <Greek nóo(s) “mind” + -tropic

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