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 Paulson was prescribed Haldol, an antipsychotic for emergency situations and Zoloft for depression. Hillary Gavan, Star Tribune, "Mom with schizoaffective disorder works to end stigma," 8 Aug. 2020 Behavioral interventions may also help people maintain their weight while on these drugs, according to a 2015 study of 200 people with severe mental illness who had been taking an antipsychotic for at least one month and were overweight or obese. Andrea Alfano, Scientific American, "Many Psychiatric Drugs Have Serious Effects on Body Weight," 1 July 2015 Her doctor immediately started her on an antidepressant and on risperidone (Risperdal), an antipsychotic. Andrea Alfano, Scientific American, "Many Psychiatric Drugs Have Serious Effects on Body Weight," 1 July 2015 In 2002, the two big companies together brought that pill to market under the brand name Abilify, originally branding it as a novel antipsychotic to treat schizophrenia. Popular Science, "A popular autism drug for children isn’t as safe as its label indicates," 10 Mar. 2020 With the older generation of antipsychotics, many patients experienced movement disorders as a side effect. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Help Someone With Schizophrenia," 23 Apr. 2020 Shenandoah staff gave him antidepressants and antipsychotics to help him calm down and sleep. Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant children are promised confidentiality in mandatory therapy. Then their words are used against them by ICE.," 16 Feb. 2020 Shenandoah staff gave him antidepressants and antipsychotics to help him calm down and sleep. Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant children are promised confidentiality in mandatory therapy. Then their words are used against them by ICE.," 16 Feb. 2020 Shenandoah staff gave him antidepressants and antipsychotics to help him calm down and sleep. Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant children are promised confidentiality in mandatory therapy. Then their words are used against them by ICE.," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of antipsychotic

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Antipsychotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antipsychotic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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