|1.||of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep|
|2.||(of a person) susceptible to hypnotism|
|3.||a drug or agent that induces sleep|
|4.||a person susceptible to hypnosis|
|[C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep]|
hypnotic hyp·not·ic (hĭp-nŏt'ĭk)
Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
chemical substance used to reduce tension and anxiety and induce calm (sedative effect) or to induce sleep (hypnotic effect). Most such drugs exert a quieting or calming effect at low doses and a sleep-inducing effect in larger doses. Sedative-hypnotic drugs tend to depress the central nervous system. Since these actions can be obtained with other drugs, such as opiates, the distinctive characteristic of sedative-hypnotics is their selective ability to achieve their effects without affecting mood or reducing sensitivity to pain.
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