Definition of psychotropic in English:



  • Relating to or denoting drugs that affect a person's mental state.

    • ‘It now constitutes a criminal offense to supply a person with narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances, or to incite other persons to use such drugs or substances, even when no material or personal benefit is intended.’
    • ‘The immediate impact of psychotropic drugs on one's mental condition, for better or for worse, provides experimental proof for the relative materiality of our minds.’
    • ‘The benzodiazepines are psychotropic which means turning to the mind and so they have mind-altering effects.’
    • ‘Tran is supposed to be on psychotropic drugs to control her mental illness.’
    • ‘The use of psychotropic drugs complicates the ongoing assessment of mental status, can impair the patient's ability to understand or cooperate with treatment, and is associated with a greater incidence of falls.’


  • A psychotropic drug.

    • ‘Every single psychotropic on the previous list has been tested with a taper since I inherited this patient several years ago.’
    • ‘While TCAs were the most prescribed psychotropic in 1988, by 1994, SSRI prescriptions nearly reached their numbers.’