anxiolytic

noun
an·​xi·​o·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌaŋ-zē-ō-ˈli-tik How to pronounce anxiolytic (audio) , ˌaŋ(k)-sē- \

Definition of anxiolytic

: a drug that relieves anxiety

Other Words from anxiolytic

anxiolytic adjective

Examples of anxiolytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What are benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a class of anti-anxiety medications, or anxiolytics, that increase the activity of the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors in the brain. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of anxiolytic

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anxiolytic

borrowed from French anxiolytique, adjective, from anxiété anxiety + -o- -o- + -lytique -lytic

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The first known use of anxiolytic was in 1963

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Dictionary Entries Near anxiolytic

anxiety state

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“Anxiolytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiolytic. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for anxiolytic

anxiolytic

noun
anx·​io·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌaŋ-zē-ō-ˈlit-ik How to pronounce anxiolytic (audio) , ˌaŋ(k)-sē- How to pronounce anxiolytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anxiolytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drug that relieves anxiety

anxiolytic

adjective

Medical Definition of anxiolytic (Entry 2 of 2)

: relieving anxiety

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