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psychotropic

[sahy-koh-troh-pik]
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adjective
  1. affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception, as a mood-altering drug.
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noun
  1. a psychotropic drug, as a tranquilizer, sedative, or antidepressant.
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Origin of psychotropic

First recorded in 1945–50; psycho- + -tropic
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British Dictionary definitions for psychotropic

psychotropic

adjective
  1. another word for psychoactive
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Word Origin and History for psychotropic

adj.

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

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psychotropic in Medicine

psychotropic

(sī′kə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk)
adj.
  1. Having an altering effect on perception or behavior. Used especially of a drug.
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n.
  1. A psychotropic drug or other agent.
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