Tranquilizer, as a term, was first used by F.F. Yonkman (1953), from the conclusions of investigative studies using the drug reserpine, which showed the drug had a calming effect on all animals it was administered to. Reserpine is a centrally acting Rauwolfia alkaloid. The word directly refers to the state of tranquillity in a person and other animals.
The term is generally used as a synonym for sedative. When used by health care professionals, it is usually qualified or replaced with more precise terms:
- minor tranquilizer usually refers to anxiolytics.
- major tranquilizer might refer to antipsychotics.
- also spelled tranquillizer (Oxford spelling) and tranquilliser (alternative British spelling); see spelling differences
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- "tranquilizer" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
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- "WordNet Search - 3.0". Retrieved 1 January 2009.
- Tranquilizing+Agents at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)