noun Pharmacology.

any of a class of antipsychotics, as haloperidol, used to relieve symptoms of schizophrenia, acute psychosis, or other severe psychiatric disorders.

Origin of butyrophenone

First recorded in 1940–45; butyr(ic) + -o- + phen- + -one
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butyrophenone in Medicine


[byōō-tĭr′ō-fə-nōn, byōō′tə-rō-]


Any of a group of neuroleptic drugs, such as haloperidol, administered in the treatment of acute psychotic episodes, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders.
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