neurotoxicity

[noor-oh-tok-sis-i-tee, nyoor-]
noun
1.
the degree to which a substance is poisonous to nerve tissue.
2.
Pathology. the condition resulting from exposure to a neurotoxin.

Origin:
1945–50; neuro- + toxicity

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