antianxiety agent

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.

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

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  • psychotropic agent — noun a chemical substance that can influence human consciousness • Hypernyms: ↑drug • Hyponyms: ↑tranquilizer, ↑tranquillizer, ↑tranquilliser, ↑antianxiety agent, ↑ataractic drug, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • minor tranquilizer — antianxiety agent …   Medical dictionary

  • anxiolytic — 1. SYN: antianxiety agent. 2. Denoting the actions of such an agent ( e.g., diazepam). [anxiety + G. lysis, a dissolution or loosening] * * * anx·io·lyt·ic .aŋ zē ō lit ik, .aŋ(k) sē n a drug that relieves anxiety anxiolytic adj relieving anxiety …   Medical dictionary

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