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antidepressant

[an-tee-di-pres-uh nt, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti dɪˈprɛs ənt, ˌæn taɪ-/
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-] /ˌæn ti dɪˈprɛs ɪv, ˌæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; anti- + depressant
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  • Other novel antidepressants specifically affect serotonin and other neurotransmitters.
  • Several studies have stimulated doubt about the effectiveness of antidepressants.
British Dictionary definitions for antidepressants

antidepressant

/ˌæntɪdɪˈprɛsənt/
noun
1.
any of a class of drugs used to alleviate depression
adjective
2.
of or relating to this class of drugs
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Word Origin and History for antidepressants

antidepressant

n.

1876, from anti- + depressant.

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antidepressants in Medicine

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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antidepressants in Science
antidepressant
  (ān'tē-dĭ-prěs'ənt, ān'tī-)   
A drug used to prevent or treat depression.
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antidepressants in Culture

antidepressants definition


Drugs that prevent or relieve the symptoms of depression. Various psychological disorders are treated with antidepressants.

Note: Although there are many antidepressant drugs now in use, the best known is Prozac®.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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