neuroleptic

[ noo r-uh-lep-tik, nyoo r- ]
/ ˌnʊər əˈlɛp tɪk, ˌnyʊər- /

noun, adjective

Origin of neuroleptic

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; see -lepsy
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British Dictionary definitions for neuroleptic

neuroleptic
/ (ˌnjʊərəʊˈlɛptɪk) /

adjective

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

noun

a neuroleptic drug; major tranquillizer, used in the treatment of psychoses
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Medicine definitions for neuroleptic

neuroleptic
[ nur′ə-lĕptĭk ]

n.

A tranquilizing drug, especially one used in treating mental disorders.

adj.

Having a tranquilizing effect.
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