Definition of Sedative

1. Noun. A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person.




2. Adjective. Tending to soothe or tranquilize. "Took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed"

Definition of Sedative

1. a. Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize

2. n. A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain.

Definition of Sedative

1. Noun. An agent or drug that sedates, having a calming or soothing effect, or inducing sleep. ¹

2. Adjective. Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sedative

1. a drug that induces a calm state [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sedative

1. A medication with tranquilising properties. most sedatives (tranquillisers) can also promote sleep. Overdosage of a sedative medication can lead to dangerous respiratory depression (slowed breathing). A large group of medications with sedative effects are the benzodiazepines. Examples include: diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, alprazolam, clonazepam, temazepam, lorazepam, flurazepam, oxazepam, clorazepate and triazolam. Origin: L. Sedativus (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Sedative

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"The sedative Action of Methylene blue in Psychoses.—DR. ... The general conclusion is that this substance is distinctly sedative, and should be included ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1886)
"HYOSCINE AS A CEREBRAL sedative. BY J. MITCHELL BRUCE, MA, MD, FRCP LOND. In this article it is not my intention to write an exhaustive essay on a ..."

3. The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction by Reuben Percy, John Timbs (1828)
"In observing also the influence of day and night on the constitution, there is a sedative effect produced in the morning before the sun i» up, ..."

4. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1862)
"... sedative, and have substituted it for other preparations with the happiest results." The sedative u sold in novel and ingenious bottles, which regulate ..."

5. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"sedative EXPECTORANTS These are used, especially in the early dry stage of bronchitis, ... With the sedative expectorants may also be classed the demulcent ..."

6. Manual of Static Electricity in X-ray and Therapeutic Uses by Samuel Howard Monell (1897)
"Both positive and negative forms of static breeze may be made sedative or ... WHEN no local application is required and a general sedative- tonic effect is ..."

7. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1855)
"The external Application of cold water is another sedative measure winch has often ... The warm bath is another sedative which has sometimes been employed, ..."

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