Definition of hypnotic in English:


Line breaks: hyp|not¦ic
Pronunciation: /hɪpˈnɒtɪk


  • 2 Medicine (Of a drug) sleep-inducing.
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    • Patients typically need large doses of sedative hypnotic drugs and four-point restraints during this stage.
    • The team decided to try a mild hypnotic drug on an as-needed basis to help the patient sleep better during restless nights.
    • This is especially true in elderly people and for hypnotic drugs.


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  • 1 Medicine A sleep-inducing drug: hypnotics may be prescribed
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    • ‘Pediatricians recommend everything from benadryl to hypnotics to chamomile tea,’ she says.
    • Rates of use of antidepressants and hypnotics were similar for both groups.
    • Even in Thailand, with much available over the counter, hypnotics are not OTC and should only be taken as the last resort.
  • 2A person under or open to hypnosis.



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  • The patient, referred by hospice for psychological care, was treated with hypnotically facilitated psychotherapy.
  • The patient was screened hypnotically by using a modified version of the Hypnotic Induction Profile.
  • The Eastern-sounding middle movement makes use of a pretty and hypnotically insistent pattern.


early 17th century: from French hypnotique, via late Latin from Greek hupnōtikos 'causing sleep', from hupnoun 'put to sleep', from hupnos 'sleep'.

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