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