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[ri-lak-suh nt] /rɪˈlæk sənt/
of, relating to, or causing a relaxation.
Pharmacology. a drug that relaxes, especially one that lessens strain in muscle.
Origin of relaxant
1765-75; < Latin relaxant- (stem of relaxāns), present participle of relaxāre. See relax, -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the web for relaxant
  • It also has a local relaxant effect which is particularly beneficial where muscle spasm is prominent.
  • He introduced muscle relaxant into the body language of stand-up.
  • Stranger still, they gave people a muscle relaxant, also calling it a stimulant.
  • If these methods fail to improve symptoms, an antidepressant or muscle relaxant may be added to the treatment.
  • Botulinum, the deadly toxin that sometimes contaminates improperly cooked foods, is also a powerful muscle-relaxant.
  • The patient receives a muscle relaxant and short-acting anesthetic.
  • If these treatments do not work, your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant or muscle relaxant.
British Dictionary definitions for relaxant


(med) a drug or agent that relaxes, esp one that relaxes tense muscles
of, relating to, or tending to produce relaxation
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Word Origin and History for relaxant

1771, from Latin relaxantem (nominative relaxans), present participle of relaxare (see relax). As a noun from 1832.

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relaxant in Medicine

relaxant re·lax·ant (rĭ-lāk'sənt)
Something, such as a drug or therapeutic treatment, that relaxes or relieves muscular or nervous tension. adj.
Tending to relax or to relieve tension.

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