psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce psychotropic (audio) \

Definition of psychotropic

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs

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Other Words from psychotropic

psychotropic noun

Examples of psychotropic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psychiatric researchers advocated for outpatient treatment using new psychotropic medications. Sarah E. Ryan, Time, "History's Lesson for Activists Who Want to Defund the Police," 20 Apr. 2021 The words echoed those of Jack in her 2015 ruling that found the state liable for unconstitutionally subjecting foster children to risk of rape, overuse of psychotropic drugs and poor care that stunts their life prospects. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott vows Texas will do ‘exactly’ what federal judge requires on foster care," 3 Feb. 2021 The authors speculated that may be due to socioeconomic factors to behavioral factors such as less willingness to social distance, or the psychotropic medication such patients take. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "COVID-19 related to higher rates of mental illness, study finds," 10 Nov. 2020 During her time in custody, the girl was prescribed a number of different powerful psychotropic drugs, according to her and her family. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. detained migrant children for far longer than previously known," 30 Oct. 2020 The judge ordered the officials to stop administering the psychotropic drugs without parental consent, except in emergency cases. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "What Are the Green Pills Beth Takes In 'The Queen's Gambit'?," 27 Oct. 2020 The medication record for one child was incorrect for a psychotropic drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "East Bethel behavioral center cited for violating state, federal regulations," 14 Oct. 2020 Only 10 percent of psychotropic drug use among people with dementia is fully appropriate. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 His attorneys raised an insanity defense, citing the effects of childhood traumas, psychotropic drugs and untreated mental health problems. Christy Gutowski,, "From death row to model inmate, Renaldo Hudson set free after 37 years. ‘I was preparing to die. I wasn’t preparing for this moment.’," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of psychotropic

1948, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Psychotropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of psychotropic

technical : having an effect on how the mind works


psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce psychotropic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychotropic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs



Medical Definition of psychotropic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotropic substance (as a drug)

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