Definition of analeptic in US English:



  • (chiefly of a drug) tending to restore a person's health or strength; restorative.

    • ‘The general analeptic properties of PHYS have been explored in postanesthesia patients who underwent surgery.’
    • ‘This analeptic effect of MAP was blocked by atropine but not by atropine methylbromide, indicating the central cholinergic nature of the response.’
    • ‘His voice had gone soft, analeptic even, in an effort to make me release the iron-like grip I held.’
    • ‘Others view meperidine as inappropriate because the metabolite if meperidine, normeperidine, causes analeptic activity (ie, central nervous system stimulation).’
    • ‘Gillian's inability to relate her mental life to her body is strengthened by a proleptic vision of her ageing body within an analeptic description of her youthful body.’
    healing, curative, curing, remedial, medicinal, restorative, health-giving, tonic, sanative, reparative, corrective, ameliorative, beneficial, good, salubrious, salutary
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  • 1A restorative drug.

    • ‘Easily digestible, they fill the stomachs of those who can afford little else, and they fall into the ranks of those restorative foods called analeptics.’
    • ‘Administration of said polypeptides will be preferably carried out by the intravenous route in the shock conditions and by nasal inhalation when the polypeptides are used as analeptics.’
    • ‘These are more properly described as analeptics (meaning restorative); nikethamide is an example.’
    tonic, restorative, energizer, stimulant, antidepressant, refresher
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    1. 1.1 A drug that stimulates the central nervous system.
      • ‘Many mental health counselors point out that the proliferation of analeptics on college campuses is partly a matter of demographics.’
      • ‘The respiratory rate, tidal volume and minute ventilation were measured in 18 patients with pulmonary emphysema and chronic respiratory failure prior to and following the administration of three different analeptics.’
      • ‘Herbs that open the obstructed heart orifice and restore consciousness are known as herbs for promoting resuscitation, or analeptics [agents that strongly stimulate the central nervous system].’


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek analēptikos ‘restorative’.