an·​a·​lep·​tic ˌa-nə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce analeptic (audio)
: a drug that stimulates the central nervous system
analeptic adjective

Word History


Greek analēptikos, from analambanein

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of analeptic was in 1671

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Cite this Entry

“Analeptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​a·​lep·​tic ˌan-ə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce analeptic (audio)
: of, relating to, or acting as an analeptic


2 of 2 noun
: a restorative agent
especially : a drug that acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system
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