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tranquilizer

[trang-kwuh-lahy-zer] /ˈtræŋ kwəˌlaɪ zər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tranquilizes.
2.
a drug that has a sedative or calming effect without inducing sleep.
4.
antipsychotic (def 2).
Also, tranquillizer.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; tranquilize + -er1
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Examples from the web for tranquilizer
  • These won't dope them up as much as a tranquilizer, but should help calm them down.
  • He carefully aimed his tranquilizer gun at the tiger.
  • In fact, a vet from a local zoo shot one of the tigers with a tranquilizer dart.
  • Nearby, a volunteer veterinarian is skillfully giving a tranquilizer injection to a critically injured monkey.
  • When one is spotted, there are no tranquilizer darts or anaesthesia used.
  • tranquilizer darts are often inaccurate, slow-moving, and unreliable.
  • Soon, the collar was on, and the antidote to the tranquilizer administered.
  • The other option is a tranquilizer prescribed by your vet.
  • As sheep dart across the screen, you shoot them with tranquilizer darts as fast as possible by clicking your mouse.
  • Don't give your dog a tranquilizer before putting him in the travel crate.
British Dictionary definitions for tranquilizer

tranquillizer

/ˈtræŋkwɪˌlaɪzə/
noun
1.
a drug that calms a person without affecting clarity of consciousness
2.
anything that tranquillizes
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Word Origin and History for tranquilizer
n.

"sedative," 1824 (first reference is to ground ivy), agent noun from tranquilize; in reference to one of a large group of anti-anxiety drugs, it is recorded by 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tranquilizer in Medicine

tranquilizer tran·quil·iz·er (trāng'kwə-līz'ər, trān'-)
n.
A drug that promotes tranquility by calming, soothing, quieting, or pacifying without depressant effects.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for tranquilizer

tranquilizer

Related Terms

elephant tranquilizer


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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