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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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Word Origin and History for tranquilizers

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.

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tranquilizers 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tranquilizers

trank

noun

A tranquilizer; a tranquilizer tablet or capsule (1967+)

verb

(also trank out): Last I heard, still at some pricey Rambler's Retreat, tranked to the tits/ The idea was to keep me tranked out so that everything would sort of stabilize (1972+)


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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