monoamine oxidase

noun

Definition of monoamine oxidase 

: an enzyme that deaminates monoamines oxidatively and that functions in the nervous system by breaking down monoamine neurotransmitters

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When taking a class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) these foods can trigger a dangerous increase in blood pressure. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "6 foods to avoid if you’re taking these prescription drugs," 6 Mar. 2018 Flash forward to today, and there are now several types of antidepressants available, from the earliest tricyclics and monoamine oxidase inhibitors to the ubiquitous modern-day selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Dean Burnett, The Cut, "Thinking Beyond the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory of Depression," 11 Jan. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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monoamine oxidase

noun

Medical Definition of monoamine oxidase 

: an enzyme that deaminates monoamines oxidatively and that functions in the nervous system by breaking down monoamine neurotransmitters

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