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[sahy-koh-troh-pik] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪk/
affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception, as a mood-altering drug.
a psychotropic drug, as a tranquilizer, sedative, or antidepressant.
Origin of psychotropic
1945-50; psycho- + -tropic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychotropic
  • But it is also responsible for the plant's psychotropic effects.
  • Several generations of psychotropic drugs have proven to be of little or no benefit, and may be doing considerable harm.
  • 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.
  • Lane shows how drug companies seized on the newly minted disorders to sell millions of dollars' worth of psychotropic drugs.
  • The industry won't stop until we're all on psychotropic meds.
  • Among other things, he says the system helps psychiatrists do a better job of monitoring and adjusting psychotropic medications.
  • Other provisions would ensure access to psychotropic drugs in emergencies while authorization was sought.
  • Haynes had no intention of confiding that he was carrying a highly illegal psychotropic substance.
British Dictionary definitions for psychotropic


another word for psychoactive
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Word Origin and History for psychotropic

1956, from psycho- + Greek -tropos "turning," from trepein (see trope). Hence, what "turns" the mind.

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psychotropic in Medicine

psychotropic psy·cho·tro·pic (sī'kə-trō'pĭk, -trŏp'ĭk)
Having an altering effect on perception or behavior. Used especially of a drug. n.
A psychotropic drug or other agent.

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