Definition of phenelzine in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈnɛlziːn/

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[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound used as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
Example sentences
  • A third trial compared the monoamine oxidase inhibitor phenelzine versus placebo in 24 people with chronic fatigue syndrome, using a modified Karnofsky scale and other outcome measures.
  • When patients take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, phenelzine or tranylcypromine sulfate), less of the dopamine is metabolized; thus the action of dopamine is prolonged and intensified.
  • The first antidepressant shown to be useful for SAD was the irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor phenelzine (Nardil).


1950s: from pheno- + e(thy)l + (hydra)zine.

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