con·​vul·​sant kən-ˈvəl-sənt How to pronounce convulsant (audio)
convulsant noun

Examples of convulsant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently, the treatments for the condition include muscle relaxants and anti-convulsant medications, which can alleviate some of the symptoms of the condition, as well as IV antibody treatments that try to reset the immune system to dial down its attack on the body’s own cells. Alice Park, Time, 9 Dec. 2022 Scientists began seeking a shorter-acting anesthetic without convulsant properties. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2019 Anti-convulsant drugs failed to control the seizures. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 17 Mar. 2010 The only thing that helps is an anti-convulsant drug, but with Sri Lanka’s financial crisis hitting medical imports, Miru’s father, Upul Chandana, has struggled to find the medicine anywhere. Rukshana Rizwie, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Poultices of opium and honey, botox, anti-convulsant drugs, antidepressants, beta blockers — drugs whose efficacy was not intended but stumbled upon. Katy Schneider, The Cut, 22 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of convulsant was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Convulsant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
con·​vul·​sant kən-ˈvəl-sənt How to pronounce convulsant (audio)


2 of 2 noun
: an agent and especially a drug that produces convulsions
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