excitant

adjective

ex·​ci·​tant ik-ˈsī-tᵊnt How to pronounce excitant (audio) ˈek-sə-tənt How to pronounce excitant (audio)
: tending to excite or augment
excitant drugs
excitant noun

Examples of excitant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t be fooled: Teas brewed from the Camellia sinensis leaves contain caffeine (more of a stimulant than an excitant like coffee), whereas tisanes are caffeine-free. Barb Sands, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of excitant was in 1607

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“Excitant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitant. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

excitant

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​ci·​tant ik-ˈsīt-ᵊnt How to pronounce excitant (audio) ˈek-sət-ənt How to pronounce excitant (audio)
: tending to excite or augment
excitant drugs

excitant

2 of 2 noun
: an agent that arouses or augments physiological activity (as of the nervous system)

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