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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Restorative; giving strength after disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. stimulating the central nervous system
  • n. a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system


Greek analēptikos, from analambanein, to take up : ana-, ana- + lambanein, lēp-, to take.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ana- + -leptic (Wiktionary)



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