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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 monoamine oxidase 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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monoamine oxidase 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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monoamine oxidase 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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