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antidepressant

[an-tee-di-pres-uh nt, an-tahy-]Pharmacology
adjective
  1. of or relating to a substance that is used in the treatment of mood disorders, as characterized by various manic or depressive affects.
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noun
  1. Also called energizer, psychic energizer. any such substance, as a tricyclic antidepressant, MAO inhibitor, or lithium.
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Also an·ti-de·pres·sant, an·ti·de·pres·sive [an-tee-di-pres-iv, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti dɪˈprɛs ɪv, ˌæn taɪ-/.

Origin of antidepressant

First recorded in 1960–65; anti- + depressant
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British Dictionary definitions for antidepressants

antidepressant

noun
  1. any of a class of drugs used to alleviate depression
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this class of drugs
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Word Origin and History for antidepressants

antidepressant

n.

1876, from anti- + depressant.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

antidepressants in Medicine

antidepressant

(ăn′tē-dĭ-prĕsənt, ăn′tī-)
n.
  1. A drug used to prevent or treat depression.
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Related formsan′ti•de•pressant null adj.
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antidepressants in Science

antidepressant

[ăn′tē-dĭ-prĕsənt, ăn′tī-]
  1. A drug used to prevent or treat depression.
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antidepressants in Culture

antidepressants

Drugs that prevent or relieve the symptoms of depression. Various psychological disorders are treated with antidepressants.

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Note

Although there are many antidepressant drugs now in use, the best known is Prozac®.
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