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hypnotic

[hip-not-ik] /hɪpˈnɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to hypnosis or hypnotism.
2.
inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
3.
susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
4.
inducing sleep.
noun
5.
an agent or drug that produces sleep; sedative.
6.
a person who is susceptible to hypnosis.
7.
a person under the influence of hypnotism.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Late Latin hypnōticus < Greek hypnōtikós sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to hypnō- (variant stem of hypnoûn to put to sleep; see Hypnos) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
hypnotically, adverb
antihypnotic, adjective, noun
antihypnotically, adverb
nonhypnotic, adjective, noun
nonhypnotically, adverb
prehypnotic, adjective
unhypnotic, adjective
unhypnotically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prehypnotic

hypnotic

/hɪpˈnɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep
2.
(of a person) susceptible to hypnotism
noun
3.
a drug or agent that induces sleep
4.
a person susceptible to hypnosis
Derived Forms
hypnotically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep
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Word Origin and History for prehypnotic

hypnotic

adj.

1620s, "inducing sleep," originally used of drugs, from French hypnotique (16c.) "inclined to sleep, soporific," from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy," from hypnoun "put to sleep," from hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence). Modern sense of "pertaining to an induced trance" first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.

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prehypnotic in Medicine

hypnotic hyp·not·ic (hĭp-nŏt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.

  2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

n.
An agent that causes sleep.
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Encyclopedia Article for prehypnotic

hypnotic

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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