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neuroleptic

[ noor-uh-lep-tik, nyoor- ]

neuroleptic

/ ˌnjʊərəʊˈlɛptɪk /

adjective

  1. capable of affecting the brain, esp by reducing the intensity of nerve function; tranquillizing


noun

  1. a neuroleptic drug; major tranquillizer, used in the treatment of psychoses
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Word History and Origins

Origin of neuroleptic1

1955–60; < French neuroleptique, equivalent to neuro- neuro- + -leptique < Greek lēptikós disposed to take, equivalent to lēp- (verbid stem of lambánein to seize) + -tikos -tic; -lepsy

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