psychopharmacology


psy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gy

noun \ˌsī-kō-ˌfär-mə-ˈkä-lə-jē\

Definition of PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

:  the study of the effect of drugs on the mind and behavior
psy·cho·phar·ma·co·log·i·cal \-mə-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also psy·cho·phar·ma·co·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
psy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gist \-ˈkä-lə-jist\ noun

First Known Use of PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

1920

psy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gy

noun \ˌsī-kō-ˌfär-mə-ˈkäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural psy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gies

Medical Definition of PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

: the study of the effect of drugs on the mind and behavior

psychopharmacology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of the effect of drugs on the mind and behaviour, particularly in the context of developing treatments for mental disorders. Major psychopharmacological advances in the 20th century include the development of tranquilizers, antidepressants, lithium carbonate (for bipolar disorder), certain stimulants (including amphetamines), and antipsychotic agents such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), and haloperidol (Haldol).

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