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Medical Term:

sedative

Pronunciation: sed'a-tiv

Definition:

  1. Calming; quieting.
  2. A drug that quiets nervous excitement; designated according to the organ or system on which specific action is exerted; cardiac, cerebral, nervous, respiratory, spinal.

[L. sedativus; see sedation]

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