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- ‘The new compounds of this invention are mild central nervous system depressants and may be used as tranquilizers or ataractic agents for the relief of anxiety and tension states in the same manner as chlordiazepoxide.’
- ‘Also an ataractic, ethylisobutrazine is used primarily to control excessive barking in kennels.’
- ‘Since the action of the ataractic drug may modify the effect of the anæsthetic, it has been difficult to assess whether the hæmodynamic changes observed have been due to the ataractic drug itself.’
- ‘The ageing brain becomes increasingly susceptible to bad reactions to tranquilizing, or ataractic, drugs, as well as to a wide range of other potent medications used by the elderly for medical problems, Dr. Mark said.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.