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antipsychotic

[an-tee-sahy-kot-ik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti saɪˈkɒt ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/ Pharmacology
adjective
1.
of or relating to any of various substances used in the treatment of psychosis, especially schizophrenia, and acute or severe states of mania, depression, or paranoia.
noun
2.
Also called major tranquilizer, neuroleptic. any such substance, as the phenothiazines.
Origin of antipsychotic
1950-1955
1950-55; anti- + psychotic
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  • If not checked with antipsychotic medication, they become violent.

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  • The antipsychotic drugs, or neuroleptics, reduce the brain's sensitivity to one or more of these chemical substances.

British Dictionary definitions for antipsychotic

antipsychotic

/ˌæntɪsaɪˈkɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
preventing or treating psychosis
noun
2.
any antipsychotic drug, such as chlorpromazine: used to treat such conditions as schizophrenia
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antipsychotic in Medicine

antipsychotic an·ti·psy·chot·ic (ān'tē-sī-kŏt'ĭk, ān'tī-)
adj.
Counteracting or diminishing the symptoms of a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia, paranoia, or manic-depressive psychosis.


an'ti·psy·chot'ic n.
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