Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To destroy or remove the myelin sheath of (a nerve fiber), as through disease.

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  • v. To remove the myelin sheath from a nerve

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy the myelin sheath of

Etymologies

de- + myelin + -ate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Again, these chemicals demyelinate the Purkinje axon creating problems with balance, visual motor processing and integration and auditory processing.

    Jett Travolta, Seizures, Autism

  • If the name arachnoiditis makes you imagine “land of the spiders,” that’s no coincidence: the nerve network that the immune system begins to demyelinate looks something like a spider web’s intricate fibers spanning out from the lower spinal cord.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

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