anxiolytic
1. SYN: antianxiety agent. 2. Denoting the actions of such an agent ( e.g., diazepam). [anxiety + G. lysis, a dissolution or loosening]

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anx·io·lyt·ic .aŋ-zē-ō-'lit-ik, .aŋ(k)-sē- n a drug that relieves anxiety
anxiolytic adj relieving anxiety

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adj.
describing a group of drugs used to treat anxiety of various causes. Formerly known as minor tranquillizers, they include the benzodiazepines, buspirone, and meprobamate. Common side-effects of these drugs are drowsiness and dizziness, and prolonged use may result in dependence.

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anx·io·lyt·ic (ang″ze-o-litґik) 1. antianxiety. 2. antianxiety agent.

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