antianxiety drug

any of various substances, as benzodiazepines, that are primarily used to treat various forms of anxiety and psychosomatic conditions. Also called anxiolytic, minor tranquilizer.

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  • antianxiety agent — a drug that reduces anxiety; the group includes the benzodiazepines (diazepam and congeners) as well as some nonbenzodiazepines such as buspirone, meprobamate, and hydroxyzine. Called also minor tranquilizer …   Medical dictionary

  • ataractic drug — noun a drug used to reduce stress or tension without reducing mental clarity • Syn: ↑tranquilizer, ↑tranquillizer, ↑tranquilliser, ↑antianxiety agent, ↑ataractic agent, ↑ataractic • Derivationally related forms: ↑atarac …   Useful english dictionary

  • anxiolytic drug — noun a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability • Syn: ↑minor tranquilizer, ↑minor tranquillizer, ↑minor tranquilliser, ↑antianxiety drug, ↑anxiolytic • Derivationally related forms: ↑anxiolytic ( …   Useful english dictionary

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  • neuroleptic drug — noun tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired • Syn: ↑major tranquilizer, ↑major tranquillizer, ↑major tranquilliser, ↑antipsychotic drug, ↑antipsychotic agent, ↑antipsychotic, ↑neuroleptic agent, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sedative-hypnotic drug — noun a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep • Syn: ↑sedative hypnotic • Hypernyms: ↑sedative, ↑sedative drug, ↑depressant, ↑downer • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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