hal·​o·​per·​i·​dol | \ ˌha-lō-ˈper-ə-ˌdȯl How to pronounce haloperidol (audio) , -ˌdōl \

Definition of haloperidol

: a depressant C21H23ClFNO2 of the central nervous system used especially as an antipsychotic drug

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Recent Examples on the Web On the list were such unexpected candidates as haloperidol, used to treat schizophrenia, and metformin, taken by people with Type 2 diabetes. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Scientists Identify 69 Drugs to Test Against the Coronavirus," 22 Mar. 2020 Now, just over 1 week after Krogan’s team assembled its list, scientists are starting to test all of the drugs in cell culture, including several cancer drugs and haloperidol, a compound used to treat schizophrenia. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "These drugs don’t target the coronavirus—they target us," 2 Apr. 2020 Antipsychotic medications like haloperidol and risperidone, which are often given for anxiety and agitation, can increase the risk of death in people with dementia. Andrea Petersen, New York Times, "New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression," 8 Dec. 2019 Also, most of the relevant antipsychotic/pregnancy research has been conducted on the typical antipsychotic haloperidol, which has not been concluded to lead to birth defects, the NIMH says. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 First-generation antipsychotics include chlorpromazine, haloperidol, perphenazine, and fluphenazine, the NIMH says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 While this is a correlation rather than a causation, another study found that taking a substance called haloperidol, which disrupts dopamine’s effects within the brain, led to a measurable decrease in sensation seeking behaviour. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of haloperidol

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haloperidol

hal- + piperidine + -ol entry 1

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

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halo·​per·​i·​dol | \ ˌhal-ō-ˈper-ə-ˌdȯl How to pronounce haloperidol (audio) , -ˌdōl How to pronounce haloperidol (audio) \

Medical Definition of haloperidol

: a butyrophenone antipsychotic drug C21H23ClFNO2 used especially to treat schizophrenia and to control the involuntary tics and vocalizations of Tourette's syndrome — see haldol

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