anti depressant

antidepressant

[an-tee-di-pres-uhnt, an-tahy-] Pharmacology.
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a substance that is used in the treatment of mood disorders, as characterized by various manic or depressive affects.
noun
2.
Also called energizer, psychic energizer. any such substance, as a tricyclic antidepressant, MAO inhibitor, or lithium.
Also, anti-depressant, antidepressive [an-tee-di-pres-iv, an-tahy-] .


Origin:
1960–65; anti- + depressant

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antidepressant (ˌæntɪdɪˈprɛsənt)
 
n
1.  any of a class of drugs used to alleviate depression
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this class of drugs

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antidepressant
by 1959, from anti- + depress + adj. suffix -ant.
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antidepressant an·ti·de·pres·sant (ān'tē-dĭ-prěs'ənt, ān'tī-)
n.
A drug used to prevent or relieve mental depression.


an'ti·de·pres'sive (-prěs'ĭv) adj.
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antidepressant   (ān'tē-dĭ-prěs'ənt, ān'tī-)  Pronunciation Key 
A drug used to prevent or treat depression.
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