psychotropic

[ sahy-koh-troh-pik ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪk /

adjective

affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception, as a mood-altering drug.

noun

a psychotropic drug, as a tranquilizer, sedative, or antidepressant.

Nearby words

  1. psychotogen,
  2. psychotogenic,
  3. psychotomimetic,
  4. psychotoxic,
  5. psychotronic,
  6. psychro-,
  7. psychroalgia,
  8. psychrometer,
  9. psychrometric,
  10. psychrometric chart

Origin of psychotropic

First recorded in 1945–50; psycho- + -tropic

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British Dictionary definitions for psychotropic

psychotropic

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈtrɒpɪk) /

adjective

another word for psychoactive
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Word Origin and History for psychotropic

psychotropic

adj.

1956, from psycho- + Greek -tropos "turning," from trepein (see trope). Hence, what "turns" the mind.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychotropic

psychotropic

[ sī′kə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk ]

adj.

Having an altering effect on perception or behavior. Used especially of a drug.

n.

A psychotropic drug or other agent.

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