Definition of neuroleptic in English:

neuroleptic

Syllabification: neu·ro·lep·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͝orəˈleptik
 
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Medicine

adjective

  • (Chiefly of a drug) tending to reduce nervous tension by depressing nerve functions.
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    • 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

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  • A drug that depresses nerve functions; a major tranquilizer.
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    • 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

mid 20th century: from neuro- 'relating to nerves', on the pattern of psycholeptic.

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