from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Restorative or stimulating, as a drug or medication.
  • noun A medication used as a central nervous system stimulant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Restoring; invigorating; giving strength after disease: as, an analeptic medicine.
  • noun In medicine, a remedy which exerts a restorative or invigorating action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) Restorative; giving strength after disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That restores or stimulates health.
  • noun A restorative or stimulative medication, especially one used to overcome depression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective stimulating the central nervous system
  • noun a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek analēptikos, from analambanein, to take up : ana-, ana- + lambanein, lēp-, to take.]

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ana- + -leptic



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