Definition of stimulant in English:

stimulant

Syllabification: stim·u·lant
Pronunciation: /ˈstimyələnt
 
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noun

  • 1A substance that raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body.
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    • Some commonly used medications include antidepressants, anti-psychotics and stimulants.
    • The medications most often implicated in prescription drug abuse are opioid analgesics, sedative-hypnotics and stimulants.
    • To maximize the chance of extubation to nCPAP we chose to use a combination of surfactant and caffeine as a respiratory stimulant to enable preterm neonates to be maintained on nCPAP.
    Synonyms
    tonic, restorative; antidepressant
    informal pep pill, upper, pick-me-up, bracer, happy pill
    Medicine analeptic
  • 1.1Something that increases activity, interest, or enthusiasm in a specified field: population growth is a major stimulant to industrial development
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    • The proposed new European league, in which Celtic and Rangers are the prime movers, will not just put the his club on a level commercial footing with the major Italian and English ones, but will also be a major stimulant to the Scottish game.
    • It is the trustees' vision that this prize will become a major stimulant to the inventiveness of the young people of Europe by giving early recognition and encouragement to the Alfred Nobels of the 21st century.
    • Major international companies, however, remain a major stimulant to Paisley and Renfrewshire and the export effort.
    Synonyms
    stimulus, incentive, encouragement, impetus, inducement, boost, spur, prompt
    informal shot in the arm

adjective

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  • Raising levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body: caffeine has stimulant effects on the heart
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    • Researchers may be far from understanding the long-term effects of stimulant drugs like methamphetamine on the brain.
    • These risks are due to a combination of the drug's stimulant effect that allows the user to dance for long periods of time in the hot and crowded environment of rave parties.
    • While initial insomnia can be a side effect of stimulant medication, it is also a common complaint of adults with untreated ADHD.

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin stimulant- 'urging, goading', from the verb stimulare.

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