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anxiolytic Line breaks: anxio|lyt¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌaŋzɪəˈlɪtɪk/

Definition of anxiolytic in English:


(Chiefly of a drug) used to reduce anxiety.
Example sentences
  • Patients were not allowed to take antidepressant or anxiolytic drugs during the study.
  • Grief mostly requires reassurance from friends and counseling by family physician with occasional small dose of anxiolytic medication.
  • Although hypoxemia and anxiety may cause agitation and restlessness, anxiolytic medications should be administered only when the physician is prepared to intubate.


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A drug used to relieve anxiety.
Example sentences
  • Only two classes of drugs (hypnotics and anxiolytics, and antidepressants) were independently associated with an increased odds of falling.
  • Antiepileptics, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics are drugs that may be used as sedatives.
  • She had received counseling, antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleep medication from her former physician, but in her opinion these had merely dulled her cognition and memory.


1960s: from anxiety + -lytic.

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