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1sedative

adjective sed·a·tive \ˈse-də-tiv\

Definition of SEDATIVE

:  tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement

Examples of SEDATIVE

  1. <some people find a glass of wine to be a civilized and sedative addition to an evening meal>

Origin of SEDATIVE

Middle English, alleviating pain, from Middle French sedatif, from Medieval Latin sedativus, from Latin sedatus
First Known Use: 1779

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2sedative

noun

: a drug that calms or relaxes someone

Full Definition of SEDATIVE

:  a sedative agent or drug

Examples of SEDATIVE

  1. The patient was given a powerful sedative.

First Known Use of SEDATIVE

1797

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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