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 (nō′ə-trō′pĭk, -trŏp′ĭk)
Enhancing or improving cognitive function: a nootropic drug; nootropic supplements.
A nootropic drug or other agent.

[Coined in 1972 by Romanian psychologist and chemist Corneliu E. Giurgea (1923-1995) : Greek noo-, combining form of nous, mind + -tropic.]


(Pharmacology) (of a drug) acting on the mind, in such a way as to improve cognitive function
(Pharmacology) a nootropic drug
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Modafinil is one of a number of cognitive enhancement drugs (sometimes referred to as nootropics) that have been developed to improve cognition by boosting concentration, motivation, alertness, the ability to form and retrieve memories, and other brain activities.
Cognitive enhancement drugs (CEDs), such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Provigil, are most commonly known for their use in treating patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
However, you need to have a proper test before taking these cognitive enhancement drugs because sometimes they can have anadverse effect and being stimulated at that level might in fact lead to performance deterioration.
Smart drugs - known as cognitive enhancement drugs, some of these are used to treat narcolepsy but can also keep a person awake and alert for 90 hours straight with none of the jitteriness and bad concentration that amphetamines and coffee are associated with.
Over the last decade or so, scientists have developed a number of cognitive enhancement drugs designed to boost motivation, alertness, concentration, the ability to form and retrieve memories, and other brain activities.

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