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antidepressant

adjective an·ti·de·pres·sant \ -di-ˈpre-sᵊnt \

Definition of antidepressant

:used or tending to relieve or prevent depression
  • antidepressant drugs

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First Known Use of antidepressant

1961


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antidepressant

noun

Definition of antidepressant

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First Known Use of antidepressant

1962


ANTIDEPRESSANT Defined for English Language Learners

antidepressant

noun

Definition of antidepressant for English Language Learners

  • medical : a drug that is used to relieve or prevent depression in a person


Medical Dictionary

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antidepressant

adjective an·ti·de·pres·sant \ ˌant-i-di-ˈpres-ᵊnt, ˌan-ˌtī- \
variants: also antidepressive play \-ˈpres-iv\

medical Definition of antidepressant

:used or tending to relieve or prevent psychological depression :relating to, being, or utilizing an antidepressant
  • an antidepressant drug
  • antidepressant treatment

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antidepressant

noun
variants: also antidepressive

medical Definition of antidepressant

:a drug used to treat psychological depression :an antidepressant drug
  • The dual-action antidepressant venlafaxine appears to demonstrate superior efficacy and higher rates of remission in severe depression as compared with either SSRIs such as fluoxetine or tricyclic antidepressants.
  • —John MannThe New England Journal of Medicine27 Oct. 2005
called also energizer, psychic energizer, psychostimulant; see tricyclic antidepressant


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