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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: nu'ro-lep'tik

Definition: Any of a class of psychotropic drugs used to treat psychosis, particularly schizophrenia; includes the phenothiazine, thioxanthene, and butyrophenone derivates and the dihydroindolones.

Synonym(s): neuroleptic agent

[neuro- + G. lepsis, taking hold]

See Also: antipsychotic agent

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