Definition of relaxant in English:

relaxant

noun

  • 1A drug used to promote relaxation or reduce tension.

    ‘a muscle relaxant’
    • ‘They act as hypnotics, painkillers and muscle relaxants, and they block your memory of the surgery.’
    • ‘The doctors have pulled his legs as far as they could and for this to work Danny has had to have muscle relaxants, morphine and diazepam to withstand the pain.’
    • ‘Other innovative drugs whose development he oversaw included atracurium, a muscle relaxant, and lamotrigine, an epilepsy drug.’
    • ‘Frequently used pharmacologic therapies include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, opioids and other analgesics, and antidepressants.’
    • ‘Medications most commonly prescribed are tricyclic antidepressants, SSRIs, muscle relaxants, simple analgesics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.’
    • ‘Additionally, muscle relaxants and benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or propofol may be administered to control seizures.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that muscle relaxants or opioids are more effective than these medications, although they may be useful in certain cases.’
    • ‘They are usually given strong painkiller drugs, muscle relaxants or sedatives, but these are often not enough to completely alleviate pain and anxiety.’
    • ‘However, narcotics, tranquilizers or muscle relaxants may be prescribed for a few days to manage pain from an injury, surgery or a dental procedure.’
    • ‘The use of induction agents, such as thiopentone, and muscle relaxants when a patient's airway reflexes are still present, can counteract these effects.’
    • ‘Paramedics in Britain never use anaesthetic drugs or muscle relaxants to achieve intubation.’
    • ‘Anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane, fentanyl, and muscle relaxants.’
    • ‘The drugs of concern fall for the most part into three categories - muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, and old generation anti-depressants.’
    • ‘They act as hypnotics, painkillers and muscle relaxants.’
    • ‘Muscle relaxants should be prescribed only after failure of analgesic and sedative regimens to optimise ventilatory support or reduce oxygen consumption.’
    • ‘Numerous treatments such as analgesic medications, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and triptans had shown little or no effect.’
    • ‘Muscle relaxants or tricyclic antidepressant medications also may be prescribed.’
    • ‘Stimulants, muscle relaxants, diuretics, and anabolic steroids would not be allowed at any level at the time of sale.’
    • ‘Assess whether concomitant muscle relaxants and simple analgesia are needed.’
    • ‘Large doses of antibiotic drugs, antimicrobial drugs (such as metronidazole) and a muscle relaxant (such as diazepam) are usually given once a tetanus diagnosis is suspected.’
    1. 1.1A thing having a relaxing effect.
      ‘sex can be a great relaxant’
      • ‘Music is a great relaxant.’
      • ‘A long soak in the bath is a great relaxant, but did you know that having just one can use up to 100 litres of water?’

adjective

  • Causing relaxation.

    ‘if you are tense try some of the relaxant products available at health stores’
    • ‘It also acts as a muscle relaxant agent, and it enhances cell differentiation and function.’
    • ‘A similar pattern of contractile and relaxant responses was seen in the pulmonary veins.’
    • ‘After showering, massage your muscles with a relaxant body oil.’
    • ‘The evidence shows that the apparent relaxant effect of smoking only reflects the reversal of the tension and irritability that develop during nicotine depletion.’
    • ‘Recently, evidence that glyceryl trinitrate's relaxant effect on uterine smooth muscle may be enhanced during pregnancy has raised interest in its use.’
    • ‘Although dimethyl sulfoxide is an anti-inflammatory agent, it seems to have some analgesic and muscle relaxant properties as well.’
    • ‘Chamomile, lime flower, valerian, hops or passion flower all have relaxant properties and can be given to calm nerves and relax tense muscles.’
    • ‘It had extraordinary calming and muscle relaxant effects in animals.’
    • ‘The introduction in 1946 of the relaxant drugs - derived from curare, the South American arrow poison - dramatically changed the techniques of anaesthesia.’
    • ‘Maximum contractile and relaxant responses to the relevant antagonists were expressed as a percentage of the control maximum response.’
    • ‘Skin testing protocols are standardized for penicillin, and are well described for local anesthetics and muscle relaxant agents.’
    • ‘All of the contractile and relaxant responses evoked by these stimuli were absent in vagotomized animals or in animals pretreated with the ganglionic blocker, trimethaphan, confirming their reflex and parasympathetic nature.’
    • ‘There were different views about the use or otherwise of both relaxant drugs and manual control among those skilled in the profession and experienced in this form of therapy.’
    • ‘However, as with bronchial smooth muscle hypertrophy, it can be expected that the remodeled vessels may exhibit altered reactivity to contractile or relaxant agents.’
    • ‘The relaxant activity was independent of the integrity of the vascular endothelium.’
    • ‘He was fully awake and all relaxant effects were reversed before a pulmonary fellow extubated him the next day.’
    • ‘The herbs' influence on the brain and nervous system would be described as a sedative and/or relaxant action.’
    • ‘Use of muscle relaxant medication was more prevalent for two physicians.’
    • ‘It records that the inhibitor augmented or enhanced the relaxant responses.’

Pronunciation:

relaxant

/rɪˈlaks(ə)nt/