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relaxant

 [re-lak´sant]
1. causing relaxation.
2. an agent that causes relaxation.
muscle relaxant an agent that specifically aids in reducing muscle tension.

mus·cle re·lax·ant

a drug with the capacity to reduce muscle tone; may be either a peripherally acting muscle relaxant such as curare and act to produce blockade at the neuromuscular junction (and thus useful in surgery), or act as a centrally acting muscle relaxant exerting its effects within the brain and spinal cord to diminish muscle tone (and thus useful in muscle spasm or spasticity).

muscle relaxant

Anesthesiology An agent used in anesthesiology to facilitate airway management, control alveolar ventilation, abolish motor reflexes, and provide the muscle relaxation. Depolarizing agents, eg succinylcholine, cause a prolonged depolarization of the motor end plate. Nondepolarizing agents, eg pancuronium, are competitive inhibitors of acetylcholine at the motor end plate See Depolarizing agent, Nondepolarizing agent.

mus·cle re·lax·ant

(mŭsĕl rĕ-laksănt)
Drug able to reduce muscle tone; may be either a peripherally acting muscle relaxant or act centrally acting.

mus·cle re·lax·ant

(mŭsĕl rĕ-laksănt)
Drug with capacity to reduce muscle tone; may be either a peripherally acting muscle relaxant such as curare and act to produce blockade at the neuromuscular junction (and thus useful in surgery), or act as a centrally acting muscle relaxant exerting its effects within the brain and spinal cord to diminish muscle tone (and thus useful in muscle spasm or spasticity).
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Before police apprehended John, he swallowed a bottle of muscle relaxers and threatened to shoot himself.
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"Calcium channel blockers are excellent smooth muscle relaxers. They relax the smooth muscle of the vasculature, which accounts for their vasodilatory effects.
Muscle relaxers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), moist heat, ultrasonography, creams, analgesics, and short courses of steroid agents can accompany physical therapy manipulation and mobilization physical therapy sessions, in most cases two to three times a week for six to 12 weeks.
(3) Systematic reviews show that monotherapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or muscle relaxers is better than placebo for relieving pain.
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