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excitant

[ik-sahyt-nt, ek-si-tuh nt]
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adjective
  1. exciting; stimulating.
noun
  1. Physiology. something that excites; a stimulant.

Origin of excitant

1600–10; < Latin excitant- (stem of excitāns), present participle of excitāre. See excite, -ant
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Examples from the Web for excitant

Historical Examples

  • The magic love-philtre is the excitant in this story of rapture and gloom.

    The Complete Opera Book

    Gustav Kobb

  • As an excitant emetic; in cases of poisoning by narcotics, &c.

  • He should be a sedative and an inspiration to the patient, not an irritant or an excitant.

  • There was a readiness and suggestibility to respond to rumor or to the least excitant.

  • At its first creation, like caloric, it was in a latent state, as no excitant as yet had put it in motion.


British Dictionary definitions for excitant

excitant

adjective Also: excitative (ɪkˈsaɪtətɪv), excitatory (ɪkˈsaɪtətərɪ, -trɪ)
  1. able to excite or stimulate
noun
  1. something, such as a drug or other agent, able to excite; stimulant
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