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convulsant

[ kuh n-vuhl-suh nt ]
/ kənˈvʌl sənt /
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adjective

causing convulsions; convulsive.

noun

a convulsant agent.

Nearby words

convolutionary, convolve, convolvulaceous, convolvulus, convoy, convulsant, convulse, convulsion, convulsionary, convulsive, convulsive disorder

Origin of convulsant

First recorded in 1870–75; convulse + -ant
Related formsan·ti·con·vul·sant, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for anticonvulsant

  • After a few medication attempts, the doctors landed on a very low dose of the anticonvulsant lamotrigine.

    The Seizure Medication That Turns You Into a Poet|Cat Ferguson|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for anticonvulsant (1 of 2)

anticonvulsant

/ (ˌæntɪkənˈvʌlsənt) /

noun

any of a class of drugs used to prevent or abolish convulsions

adjective

of or relating to this class of drugs

British Dictionary definitions for anticonvulsant (2 of 2)

convulsant

/ (kənˈvʌlsənt) /

adjective

producing convulsions

noun

a drug that produces convulsions

Word Origin for convulsant

C19: from French, from convulser to convulse
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Medicine definitions for anticonvulsant (1 of 2)

anticonvulsant

[ ăn′tē-kən-vŭlsənt, ăn′tī- ]

n.

A drug that prevents or relieves convulsions.
Related formsan′ti•con•vulsive (-sĭv) adj.

Medicine definitions for anticonvulsant (2 of 2)

convulsant

[ kən-vŭlsənt ]

adj.

Causing or producing convulsions.

n.

An agent, such as a drug, that causes convulsions.
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Science definitions for anticonvulsant

anticonvulsant

[ ăn′tē-kən-vŭlsənt, ăn′tī- ]

A drug that prevents or treats seizures.
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