an·​ti·​con·​vul·​sant | \ ˌan-tē-kən-ˈvəl-sənt, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anticonvulsant (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anticonvulsive \ ˌan-​tē-​kən-​ˈvəl-​siv , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anticonvulsant (audio) \

Definition of anticonvulsant

: used or tending to control or to prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy)

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Other Words from anticonvulsant

anticonvulsant or less commonly anticonvulsive noun

Examples of anticonvulsant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Goal: Determine which of three anticonvulsant drugs most effectively treats seizures lasting more than 5 minutes. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, 12 Aug. 2021 But despite that spinoff, the company still endured some ugly investigations into its work with anticonvulsant drug Depakote and other products. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2020 Specifically, the pediatrician alerted the administration several times over the years that Awaad was using EEG’s excessively and prescribing anticonvulsant drugs to children who did not need them. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 23 Oct. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration has approved one purified form of CBD as a prescription anticonvulsant medication, Epidiolex. Joe Graedonteresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, 28 Nov. 2018 That might mean taking antihypertensive medications to lower your blood pressure, corticosteroids to temporarily improve your liver and platelet function, or anticonvulsant medication to try to help prevent a seizure, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 Aug. 2018 Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant drug that is often used with other medications to help with symptoms of depression. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2017 Dravet is difficult to treat, even with anticonvulsant medicines, and can sometimes be fatal. Jonathan Saltzman,, 16 May 2018 Some also had depression, anxiety or neurological disorders, and were being treated with antidepressant, antipsychotic or anticonvulsant medications. Amanda Macmillan, Time, 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of anticonvulsant

1733, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anticonvulsant was in 1733

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an·​ti·​con·​vul·​sant | \ -kən-ˈvəl-sənt How to pronounce anticonvulsant (audio) \
variants: also anticonvulsive \ -​siv How to pronounce anticonvulsant (audio) \

Medical Definition of anticonvulsant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an anticonvulsant drug


variants: also anticonvulsive

Medical Definition of anticonvulsant (Entry 2 of 2)

: used or tending to control or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy)


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