monoamine oxidase inhibitor

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monoamine oxidase inhibitor

n. Abbr. MAOI
Any of a class of antidepressant drugs that block the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain, thereby allowing the accumulation of monoamine neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and serotonin.
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monoamine oxidase inhibitor

n
(Biochemistry) biochem an agent that inhibits the action of monoamine oxidase. Such inhibitors are used in the treatment of depression. Abbreviation: MAOI
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mon′oamine′ ox′idase inhib`itor


n.
any of various substances that block enzymatic breakdown of certain monoamine neurotransmitters and that are used to treat depression. Abbr.: MAOI
[1960–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monoamine oxidase inhibitor - any of a group of antidepressant drugs that inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain and so allow monoamines to accumulatemonoamine oxidase inhibitor - any of a group of antidepressant drugs that inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase in the brain and so allow monoamines to accumulate
antidepressant, antidepressant drug - any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects
iproclozide - an antidepressant drug that acts as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
isocarboxazid, Marplan - a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (trade name Marplan) that is used to treat clinical depression
Nardil, phenelzine - monoamine oxidase inhibitor (trade name Nardil) used to treat clinical depression
tranylcypromine - an antidepressant drug that is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor; administered as a sulfate
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