restoring; invigorating; giving strength after disease.
awakening, especially from drug stupor.


a pharmacological substance that stimulates the central nervous system and also acts as an anticonvulsant.

Origin of analeptic

1655–65; < Greek analēptikós restorative, equivalent to analēp-, variant stem of analambánein to restore (ana- ana- + lambánein to take) + -tikos -tic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for analeptic



(of a drug, etc) stimulating the central nervous system


any drug, such as doxapram, that stimulates the central nervous system
(formerly) a restorative remedy or drug

Word Origin for analeptic

C17: from New Latin analēpticus, from Greek analēptikos stimulating, from analambanein to take up; see analemma
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Word Origin and History for analeptic

1660s, "restorative, strengthening" (in medicine), from Greek analeptikos "restorative," from analambanein "to receive, take up in one's hands" (see analemma). Related: Analeptical (1610s).

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analeptic in Medicine




Restorative or stimulating, as a drug or medication.


A medication used as a central nervous system stimulant.
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