ser·​tra·​line | \ˈsər-trə-ˌlēn \

Definition of sertraline 

: an antidepressant drug C17H17NCl2 administered in the form of its hydrochloride and acting to enhance serotonin activity

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These days, about 5 percent of expectant mothers use antidepressants, most commonly, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, such as citalopram (brand name Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect fetuses," 9 Apr. 2018 Citalopram made me sleep, sertraline gave me a mega-dry mouth. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hashtag Breaks Down Anti-Depressant Stigma," 22 Feb. 2018 The report by the Orange County (Fla.) Medical Examiner’s Office determined her death was caused by an accidental overdose of methadone and sertraline, both prescription medications. Jeff Caplan, star-telegram, "Pete Sessions turns opioid summit into odd warning about perils of pot," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sertraline

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sertraline

perhaps from serotonin + tetrahydro (combined with four atoms of hydrogen) + naphthalene + amine

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ser·​tra·​line | \ˈsər-trə-ˌlēn \

Medical Definition of sertraline 

: a drug that functions as an SSRI and is administered orally in the form of its hydrochloride C17H17NCl2·HCl especially to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Note: Sertraline is marketed under the trademark Zoloft.

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