any of various substances, as isocarboxazid and phenelzine, that block enzymatic breakdown of certain monoamine neurotransmitters: used to treat severe depression. Abbreviation: MAOI
- Also called MAO inhibitor.
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British Dictionary definitions for monoamine oxidase inhibitor
biochem an agent that inhibits the action of monoamine oxidase. Such inhibitors are used in the treatment of depression: Abbreviation: MAOI
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Scientific definitions for 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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