psychotropic

[sahy-koh-troh-pik]
adjective
1.
affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception, as a mood-altering drug.
noun
2.
a psychotropic drug, as a tranquilizer, sedative, or antidepressant.

Origin:
1945–50; psycho- + -tropic

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psychotropic (ˌsaɪkəʊˈtrɒpɪk)
 
adj
another word for psychoactive

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psychotropic
1956, from psycho- + Gk. -tropos "turning," from trepein (see trope). Hence, what "turns" the mind.
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psychotropic psy·cho·tro·pic (sī'kə-trō'pĭk, -trŏp'ĭk)
adj.
Having an altering effect on perception or behavior. Used especially of a drug. n.
A psychotropic drug or other agent.

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But it is also responsible for the plant's psychotropic effects.
Several generations of psychotropic drugs have proven to be of little or no
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Examines ethnographic methods in the study of psychotropic drug use.
Thanks for the excellent article, shows genuine hopefulness without the manic
  enthusiasm the bedevils all psychotropic issues.
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