A problem in peripheral nerve function (any part of the nervous system
except the brain and spinal cord) that causes pain, numbness, tingling,
swelling, and muscle weakness in various parts of the body. Neuropathies may
be caused by physical injury, infection, toxic substances, disease (e.g.,
cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, or malnutrition), or drugs such as
anticancer drugs. Also called peripheral neuropathy.