reuptake

noun

re·​up·​take (ˈ)rē-ˈəp-ˌtāk How to pronounce reuptake (audio)
: the reabsorption by a neuron of a neurotransmitter following the transmission of a nerve impulse across a synapse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a new study, a group of scientists found that a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) can affect reinforcement learning, which refers to a person’s decision-making abilities. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2023 Melancholia is^ particularly responsive to tricyclic antidepressants and electroconvulsive^ therapy but not to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors^ or psychotherapy. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2011 These include behavioral therapy, environmental enrichment, canine assistive technology, and medications such as anti-anxiety drugs or serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 Another class, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, came in the 1990s. Matt Richtel Annie Flanagan, New York Times, 27 Aug. 2022 These drugs are mostly outdated and have been replaced with their more modern, less side-effect producing counterparts, like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 19 Dec. 2022 Currently, there are two common treatments for depression: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressant prescriptions, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Ken Kawada, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2022 These drugs broadly include some antidepressants (particularly certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, such as Prozac, tricyclics such as Elavil, atypical antidepressants, antipsychotics and cardiovascular medications. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 11 Aug. 2022 In 1974, researchers developed the first serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, intended to treat depression. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reuptake was in 1968

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“Reuptake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reuptake. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

reuptake

noun
re·​up·​take (ˈ)rē-ˈəp-ˌtāk How to pronounce reuptake (audio)
: the reabsorption by a neuron of a neurotransmitter following the transmission of a nerve impulse across a synapse
antidepressants which block the reuptake of norepinephrine
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