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[ih-mip-ruh-meen] /ɪˈmɪp rəˌmin/
noun, Pharmacology
a tricyclic antidepressant, C 19 H 24 N 2 , used for the symptomatic relief of depression.
1955-60; contraction and rearrangement of iminodibenzyl and aminopropyl, components of the chemical name Unabridged
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a tricyclic antidepressant drug. Formula: C19H24N2
Word Origin
C20: from imi(de) + pr(opyl) + amine
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imipramine i·mip·ra·mine (ĭ-mĭp'rə-mēn')
A tricyclic compound used to treat depression and enuresis.

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Encyclopedia Article for imipramine

synthetic drug used in the treatment of depression and enuresis (bed-wetting). Introduced into medicine in the 1960s, imipramine was the first tricyclic antidepressant, a class named for its three-ring molecular structure. Imipramine inhibits reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. It is usually administered orally but may be given by intramuscular injection. The drug has a wide variety of side effects, which include dryness of the mouth, blurred vision, constipation, difficulty in passing urine, and cardiovascular abnormalities

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