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psychostimulant

noun psy·cho·stim·u·lant \ -ˈstim-yə-lənt \

medical Definition of psychostimulant

:a substance (such as dextroamphetamine or methylphenidate) that has mood-enhancing and stimulant properties, is used medically especially to treat attention deficit disorder or sometimes depression, and is frequently used illicitly
  • Drugs called psychostimulants, which help the brain's network of nerve cells to communicate better, are the most widely used type of drug to treat patients with ADHD.
  • —Virginia AndersonThe Atlanta Journal Constitution17 June 2006
often used before another noun
  • A former area high school wrestling star faces trial in Centre County for allegedly forging prescriptions for a psychostimulant drug.
  • —Kevin Amerman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania)7 Aug. 2009

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