relaxant

adjective
re·​lax·​ant | \ ri-ˈlak-sənt How to pronounce relaxant (audio) \

Definition of relaxant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or producing relaxation an anesthetic and relaxant agent

relaxant

noun

Definition of relaxant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (such as a drug) that relaxes specifically : one that relieves muscular tension

Examples of relaxant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chelsea was given a fatal injection of a muscle relaxant and Rolando received a large injection of a blood thinner. Washington Post, "Ex-Texas nurse pleads guilty in 1981 death of 11-month-old," 16 Jan. 2020 After evidence surfaced that Jones had injected the children in Kerrville with a paralyzing muscle relaxant, Jones was convicted of murdering 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan and received a 99-year prison sentence. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Texas Baby-Killer Pleads Guilty to a New Murder," 16 Jan. 2020 Two Samoan nurses were later convicted of manslaughter for improperly mixing the vaccine with a muscle relaxant instead of water. Anchorage Daily News, "Major funder of anti-vaccine movement makes millions selling ‘natural’ health products," 23 Dec. 2019 When two infants died after nurses inadvertently mixed the vaccine with muscle relaxant instead of sterile water, the country temporarily suspended the vaccination program. BostonGlobe.com, "Since September, over 5,600 measles cases have been recorded in the Pacific island nation of about 200,000 people, the Health Ministry said. At least 81 people have died, many of them younger than 5.," 31 Dec. 2019 Two Samoan nurses were later convicted of manslaughter for improperly mixing the vaccine with a muscle relaxant instead of water. Anchorage Daily News, "Major funder of anti-vaccine movement makes millions selling ‘natural’ health products," 23 Dec. 2019 Two Samoan nurses were later convicted of manslaughter for improperly mixing the vaccine with a muscle relaxant instead of water. Washington Post, "A major funder of the anti-vaccine movement has made millions selling natural health products," 20 Dec. 2019 In Samoa’s case, health authorities said many people became wary when two babies died last year after being given vaccines that had been erroneously mixed with an expired muscle relaxant instead of water. BostonGlobe.com, "The government of Samoa is shutting down all public services for two days to fight a measles outbreak that has killed more than 55 people and infected thousands of others in the South Pacific island nation over the past two months.," 4 Dec. 2019 Distrust of the health system was fuelled by the death last year of two babies who had mistakenly been administered a muscle relaxant along with the vaccine. The Economist, "The anti-vax movement causes an epidemic in Samoa," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of relaxant

Adjective

1651, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Relaxant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relaxant. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for relaxant

relaxant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of relaxant

: a substance (such as a drug) that relaxes you, your muscles, etc.

relaxant

adjective
re·​lax·​ant | \ ri-ˈlak-sənt How to pronounce relaxant (audio) \

Medical Definition of relaxant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or producing relaxation an anesthetic and relaxant agent

relaxant

noun

Medical Definition of relaxant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (as a drug) that relaxes specifically : one that relieves muscular tension

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