antidepressant etymology

English word antidepressant comes from English anti-, English depressant

Detailed word origin of antidepressant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
anti- English (eng) (immunology) That reacts with immunoglobins found in the specified animal.. Against, hostile to.. Contrasting with the norm.. Counteracting, neutralizing.. Opposite of, reverse.. Physically opposite: applied to mountain ranges.. Related to antiparticles.
depressant English (eng) Reducing functional or nervous activity. (mining) An agent that inhibits the flotation of a mineral or minerals.. (pharmacology) A pharmacological substance which decreases neuronal or physiological activity.
antidepressant English (eng) (pharmaceutical drug) An agent that prevents or counteracts depression. (pharmacology) Preventing or counteracting depression.

Words with the same origin as antidepressant

Descendants of anti-
antacid anti antianxiety antibacterial antichrist anticlimax anticrime antifreeze antigovernment antihero antihistamine antimatter antineoplaston antioxidant antipersonnel antiperspirant antipsychotic antisocial antitank antitrust antivenin antivenom antiviral antivirus