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monoamine oxidase inhibitor

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noun Pharmacology.
any of various substances, as isocarboxazid and phenelzine, that block enzymatic breakdown of certain monoamine neurotransmitters: used to treat severe depression. Abbreviation: MAOI
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Also called MAO inhibitor.

Origin of monoamine oxidase inhibitor

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for monoamine oxidase inhibitor

monoamine oxidase inhibitor

noun
biochem an agent that inhibits the action of monoamine oxidase. Such inhibitors are used in the treatment of depressionAbbreviation: MAOI
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Medical definitions for monoamine oxidase inhibitor

monoamine oxidase inhibitor

n.
Any of a class of antidepressant and hypotensive drugs that block the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain, thereby allowing the accumulation of monoamines such as norepinephrine.
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Scientific definitions for monoamine oxidase inhibitor

monoamine oxidase inhibitor

Any of a class of antidepressant drugs that block the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain, thereby allowing the accumulation of monoamines such as norepinephrine, which can alter mood.
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