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dispelling anxiety; called also anxiolytic.
antianxiety agent a psychotropic medication that dispels anxiety; the group includes the benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and a few less widely used nonbenzodiazepines such as meprobamate (Miltown or Equanil) and hydroxyzine (Atarax or Vistaril). Called also anxiolytic and minor tranquilizer.


/an·ti·an·xi·e·ty/ (-ang-zi´ĕ-te) anxiolytic; reducing anxiety.


(ăn′tē-ăng-zī′ĭ-tē, ăn′tī-)
Preventing or reducing anxiety: an antianxiety drug.


n See anxiolytic.


dispelling anxiety. The term antianxiety agent (called also an anxiolytic or minor tranquilizer) refers to a mild sedative, such as diazepam (Valium).

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