convulsant

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

adjective

causing convulsions; convulsive.

noun

a convulsant agent.

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Origin of convulsant

First recorded in 1870–75; convulse + -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM convulsant

an·ti·con·vul·sant, adjective, noun
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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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Medical definitions for anticonvulsant (1 of 2)

anticonvulsant
[ ăn′tē-kən-vŭlsənt, ăn′tī- ]

n.

A drug that prevents or relieves convulsions.

Other words from anticonvulsant

an′ti•con•vulsive (-sĭv) adj.

Medical 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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Scientific definitions for anticonvulsant

anticonvulsant
[ ăn′tē-kən-vŭlsənt, ăn′tī- ]

A drug that prevents or treats seizures.
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