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

Definition of neuroleptic in English:


(Chiefly 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.


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


1950s: from neuro- 'relating to nerves', on the pattern of psycholeptic.

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