noun Etymology: anxiety + -o- + -lytic Date: 1965 a drug that relieves anxietyanxiolytic adjective

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  • anxiolytic — [aŋ΄zē ō lit′ik, aŋk΄sēmō lit′ik] adj. [< ANXI(ETY) + O + LYTIC (sense 2)] relieving tension or anxiety n. any anxiolytic drug or substance …   English World dictionary

  • Anxiolytic — An anxiolytic (also antipanic or antianxiety agent[1]) is a drug used for the treatment of anxiety, and its related psychological and physical symptoms. Anxiolytics have been shown to be useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Beta receptor …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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

  • anxiolytic — Drug that reduces anxiety, for example benzodiazepines and barbiturates …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • anxiolytic — /ang zee euh lit ik/, adj. 1. anxiety relieving. n. 2. See antianxiety drug. [1960 65; ANXI(ETY) + O + LYTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • anxiolytic — 1. adjective That reduces anxiety; tranquilizing 2. noun A drug prescribed for the treatment of symptoms of anxiety …   Wiktionary

  • anxiolytic — adj. relieving anxiety, suppressing feelings of anxiety, reducing anxiety (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anxiolytic — anx·io·lyt·ic …   English syllables

  • anxiolytic — adj. describing a group of drugs used for the short term treatment of anxiety of various causes. Formerly known as minor tranquillizers, they include the benzodiazepines and buspirone. Common side effects of these drugs are drowsiness and… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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