antipsychotic

noun
an·​ti·​psy·​chot·​ic | \ ˌan-tē-sī-ˈkä-tik How to pronounce antipsychotic (audio) , ˌan-tī- \

Definition of antipsychotic

: any of the powerful tranquilizers (such as the phenothiazines and butyrophenones) used especially to treat psychosis and believed to act by blocking dopamine nervous receptors

called also neuroleptic

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antipsychotic adjective

Examples of antipsychotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For meth overdoses, doctors must use a combination of sedatives and antipsychotics to calm the individual. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "The drugs behind deadly overdoses vary across the United States.," 25 Oct. 2019 New antipsychotics and antidepressants followed in the 1970s and 1980s, continuing to expand the range of medication options. Anchorage Daily News, "Listening, learning, doing no harm: The evolution of mental health care," 10 Oct. 2019 Myth #2: Everyone who takes antipsychotics has schizophrenia or psychosis. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "7 Myths You Might Believe About Antipsychotic Medications," 7 Dec. 2018 The general consensus is that an antipsychotic and a mood stabilizer provide a greater benefit. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 The stories associated with hallucinogens, however, were very similar to one another, as were stories linked to antipsychotics and deliriants. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences," 10 Sep. 2019 Maybe your friend started taking an antipsychotic that changed their life. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "7 Myths You Might Believe About Antipsychotic Medications," 7 Dec. 2018 Twenty days later, Mathew stopped regularly taking clozapine, an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia. oregonlive.com, "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019 Research shows that antipsychotics may make conception more difficult. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of antipsychotic

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Antipsychotic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antipsychotic. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for antipsychotic

antipsychotic

adjective
an·​ti·​psy·​chot·​ic | \ ˌant-i-sī-ˈkät-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antipsychotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of antipsychotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, being, or involving the use of an antipsychotic antipsychotic drugs

antipsychotic

noun

Medical Definition of antipsychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of the powerful tranquilizers (as the phenothiazines or butyrophenones) used especially to treat psychosis and believed to act by blocking dopamine nervous receptors

called also neuroleptic

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