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convulsant

[kuh n-vuhl-suh nt] /kənˈvʌl sənt/
adjective
1.
causing convulsions; convulsive.
noun
2.
a convulsant agent.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; convulse + -ant
Related forms
anticonvulsant, adjective, noun
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Examples for anticonvulsant
  • Chlordiazepoxide is similar to phenobarbital in its anticonvulsant properties.
British Dictionary definitions for anticonvulsant

anticonvulsant

/ˌæntɪkənˈvʌlsənt/
noun
1.
any of a class of drugs used to prevent or abolish convulsions
adjective
2.
of or relating to this class of drugs

convulsant

/kənˈvʌlsənt/
adjective
1.
producing convulsions
noun
2.
a drug that produces convulsions
Word Origin
C19: from French, from convulser to convulse
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anticonvulsant in Medicine

anticonvulsant an·ti·con·vul·sant (ān'tē-kən-vŭl'sənt, ān'tī-)
n.
A drug that prevents or relieves convulsions.


an'ti·con·vul'sive (-sĭv) adj.

convulsant con·vul·sant (kən-vŭl'sənt)
adj.
Causing or producing convulsions. n.
An agent, such as a drug, that causes convulsions.

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anticonvulsant in Science
anticonvulsant
  (ān'tē-kən-vŭl'sənt, ān'tī-)   
A drug that prevents or treats seizures.
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