stimulant


stim·u·lant

noun \ˈstim-yə-lənt\

: something (such as a drug) that makes you more active or gives you more energy

: something that causes more activity

Full Definition of STIMULANT

1
:  an agent (as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts
2
:  stimulus
3
:  an alcoholic beverage —not used technically
stimulant adjective

Examples of STIMULANT

  1. The movie was a stimulant to discussion.
  2. <the relaxed zoning regulations should serve as a stimulant for development in the area>

First Known Use of STIMULANT

circa 1728

stim·u·lant

noun \ˈstim-yə-lənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STIMULANT

1
: an agent (as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts
2

stimulant

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any drug that excites any bodily function; usually one that stimulates the central nervous system, inducing alertness, elevated mood, wakefulness, increased speech and motor activity, and decreased appetite. Their mood-elevating effects make some stimulants (e.g., amphetamines, caffeine and its relatives, cocaine, nicotine) potent drugs of abuse (see drug addiction). Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder in children, is a mild stimulant.

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