Definition of excitant in English:

excitant

noun

Biology
  • A substance that elicits an active physiological or behavioral response.

    • ‘The resulting synaptic inhibition is characterized by either a depressant or an excitant effect, depending on the population of cells involved.’
    • ‘Some people find that coffee brings out tremor; this is due to the presence of caffeine, which is an excitant; these effects are not, however, universal.’
    tonic, restorative, reviver, energizer, refresher
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Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps suggested by French excitant.

Pronunciation

excitant

/ikˈsītnt/