anxiolytic

[ang-zee-uh-lit-ik]
adjective
1.
anxiety relieving.

Origin:
1960–65; anxi(ety) + -o- + -lytic

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anxiolytic (ˌæŋksɪəʊˈlɪtɪk)
 
n
1.  any of a class of drugs that reduce anxiety
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this class of drugs

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anxiolytic anx·i·o·lyt·ic (āng'zē-ō-lĭt'ĭk, -sē-, āngk'sē-)
n.
A drug that relieves anxiety.


anx'i·o·lyt'ic adj.
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anxiolytic   (āng'zē-ō-lĭt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A drug used to treat acute or chronic anxiety.
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The first reason people consume booze is to relax, taking advantage of its anxiolytic properties.
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