stimulant


stimulant
stimulant [stim′yə lənt]
adj.
[L stimulans, prp.]
that stimulates; stimulating
n.
anything that stimulates; specif.,
a) any drug, medicine, etc., as an amphetamine, caffeine, nicotine, or cocaine, that temporarily increases the activity of some vital process, organ, or system, esp. the nervous system
b) popularly an alcoholic drink: alcohol is physiologically a depressant

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  • Stimulant — Stim u*lant, n. [Cf. F. stimulant.] 1. That which stimulates, provokes, or excites. [1913 Webster] His feelings had been exasperated by the constant application of stimulants. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physiol. & Med.) An agent which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • stimulant — ► NOUN 1) a substance that acts to increase physiological or nervous activity in the body. 2) something that promotes activity, interest, or enthusiasm. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ acting as a stimulant …   English terms dictionary

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  • stimulant — 1772 (adj.); 1794 (n.), from L. stimulantem (nom. stimulans), prp. of stimulare (see STIMULATION (Cf. stimulation)) …   Etymology dictionary

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