Definition of neuroleptic in English:

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neuroleptic

Pronunciation: /ˌnjʊərə(ʊ)ˈlɛptɪk/
Medicine

adjective

(Of a drug) tending to reduce nervous tension by depressing nerve functions.
Example sentences
  • A number of the older tricyclic antidepressants, typical neuroleptic medications and, more recently, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been trialed in eating disorders.
  • Treatment of delirium requires use of neuroleptic drugs, such as haloperidol and chlorpromazine, not sedatives.
  • Judicious doses of neuroleptic medication may be required if hallucinations occur.

noun

A neuroleptic drug; a major tranquillizer.
Example sentences
  • The drugs used for schizophrenia are antipsychotics or neuroleptics (major tranquillizers).
  • In practice, however, drugs such as neuroleptics and other sedatives are often prescribed in an attempt to control what can be an alarming situation.
  • Other agents, such as lithium, neuroleptics, trazadone and benzodiazepines, have not proved effective.

Origin

1950s: from neuro- 'relating to nerves' + -leptic, as in organoleptic.

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