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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Example sentences
My husband has been able to get off his antidepressant medication with the
  blessings of his doctor.
The use of antidepressant drugs are becoming equally common.
No wonder one of our break room topics is who is taking which antidepressant.
In other words, the brain's anticonvulsant mechanism may alter the brain's
  neurochemistry, acting as a built-in antidepressant.
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