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monoamine oxidase inhibitor

noun, Pharmacology
1.
any of various substances, as isocarboxazid and phenelzine, that block enzymatic breakdown of certain monoamine neurotransmitters: used to treat severe depression.
Abbreviation: MAOI.
Also called MAO inhibitor.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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British Dictionary definitions for mao-inhibitor

monoamine oxidase inhibitor

noun
1.
(biochem) an agent that inhibits the action of monoamine oxidase. Such inhibitors are used in the treatment of depression MAOI
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mao-inhibitor in Medicine

monoamine oxidase inhibitor n.
Abbr. MAOI
Any of a class of antidepressant and hypotensive drugs that block the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain, thereby allowing the accumulation of monoamines such as norepinephrine.

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mao-inhibitor in Science
monoamine oxidase inhibitor  
Any of a class of antidepressant drugs that block the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain, thereby allowing the accumulation of monoamines such as norepinephrine, which can alter mood.
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