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neuroleptic

[ noor-uh-lep-tik, nyoor- ]
/ ˌnʊər əˈlɛp tɪk, ˌnyʊər- /
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noun, adjective

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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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Medical 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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