antianxiety drug

noun
a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability
Derivationally related forms: ↑anxiolytic (for: ↑anxiolytic)
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Pharm.
any of various substances, as benzodiazepines, that are primarily used to treat various forms of anxiety and psychosomatic conditions. Also called anxiolytic, minor tranquilizer.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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