The mildest type of focal nerve lesion that produces clinical deficits; localised loss of conduction along a nerve without axon degeneration; caused by a focal lesion, usually demyelinating, and followed by a complete recovery. Term often misspelled (neuropraxia), and often used, incorrectly, as a synonym for nerve lesion.

See: axonotmesis.

Origin: neur-+ G. A-priv. + praxis, action

(05 Mar 2000)