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neurapraxia

Pronunciation: nur'a-prak'se-a

Definition: The mildest type of focal nerve lesion that produces clinical deficits; localized loss of conduction along a nerve without axon degeneration; caused by a focal lesion, usually demyelinating, but occasionally ischemic (when of shorter than a few hours' duration), followed by a complete recovery.

[neur- + G. a- priv. + praxis, action]

See Also: axonotmesis

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