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[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/ Psychiatry.
of, relating to, or characteristic of neurosis.
a neurotic person.
Origin of neurotic1
1870-75; neur(osis) + -otic
Related forms
neurotically, adverb
semineurotically, adverb
unneurotically, adverb


[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/
adjective, Pathology
pertaining to the nerves or to nerve disease; neural: no longer in technical use.
1765-75; neuro- + -tic Unabridged
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  • Wherever neurotic compulsion manifests itself psychically it originates from repression.
  • Here is another small collection of various symptomatic actions in normal and neurotic persons.
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  • Many of us spend lots of time on neurotic obsessions.
  • Grad students are notoriously neurotic and prone to obsess over doing exactly what we're told.
  • There is satisfaction in persevering, and not all of it is neurotic.
British Dictionary definitions for neurotic


of, relating to, or afflicted by neurosis
a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious
Derived Forms
neurotically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neurotic

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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neurotic in Medicine

neurotic neu·rot·ic (nu-rŏt'ĭk, nyu-)
Of, relating to, derived from, or affected with a neurosis. n.
A person suffering from a neurosis.

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