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Levi-Montalcini Le·vi-Mon·tal·ci·ni (lē'vē-mŏn'tl-chē'nē, lě'vē-môn'täl-), Rita. Born 1909.
Italian-American developmental biologist. She shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the nerve growth factor.
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.