antipsychotic

noun

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

antipsychotic adjective

Examples of antipsychotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jenkins said that Miller worked mostly as a day laborer and took medication for depression and an antipsychotic to manage his aggravation, according to court records. Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 Psychiatrists sometimes prescribe an atypical antipsychotic, depending on your exact diagnosis and tolerance for side effects. Health Editorial Team, Health, 23 Mar. 2024 Certain medications temporarily increase the risk of insulin resistance, including a class of steroids called glucocorticoids, some antipsychotics and some HIV medicines, Kellis said. Knvul Sheikh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2024 Forty different antipsychotics sprang up within 20 years. WIRED, 7 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for antipsychotic 

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antipsychotic was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Antipsychotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antipsychotic. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

antipsychotic

1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​psy·​chot·​ic ˌant-i-sī-ˈkät-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antipsychotic (audio)
: of, being, or involving the use of an antipsychotic
antipsychotic drugs

antipsychotic

2 of 2 noun
: 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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