nootropic

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1972 by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, derived from the Ancient Greek words νόος (nóos, mind) and τροπέω (tropéō, to turn)

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌnoʊəˈtroʊpɪk/, /ˌnoʊəˈtrɑːpɪk/

Noun[edit]

nootropic (plural nootropics)

  1. (medicine) Any substance purported to increase cognitive abilities.
  2. (pharmacology) A drug that enhances learning and memory and lacks the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (e.g. sedation, motor stimulation) and possesses very few side effects and extremely low toxicity.

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