Stimulant



Physiology, Medicine/Medical. something that temporarily quickens some vital process or the functional activity of some organ or part:
Adrenalin is a stimulant for the heart.
Compare (def 4).
any food or beverage that , especially coffee, tea, or, in its initial effect, alcoholic liquor.
a stimulus or incentive.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. temporarily quickening some vital process or functional activity.
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Contemporary Examples

Then there is the nicotine: a stimulant that for the addict also has the added effect of calming the nerves.
My (Electronic) Cigarette Addiction Eli Lake January 30, 2013

Because cigarettes can be either a stimulant or a relaxant, the game has two modes.
Get Therapy Through Your iPhone Josh Dzieza September 10, 2010

What’s interesting about the study’s finding is that it dodges the trap that snares much of the research on stimulant medication.
Busting the Adderall Myth Casey Schwartz December 20, 2010

Historical Examples

They are all stimulant and antispasmodic, and are used either internally or as a friction, like oil of amber.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

That he had needed a stimulant that day was because he had been soured and would not try with his wits about him.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

If one must have a stimulant it is better to be assured of its purity.
The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI) Various

And the stimulant she found in the savage wooing of his unscrupulous rival.
The Twins of Suffering Creek Ridgwell Cullum

As a stimulant to fistulous sinuses and ulcers in persons of scrofulous habits.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Alcohol is not a stimulant, but is really a narcotic that is very depressing.
Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America

The stimulating effect on the brain is so brief that tobacco can not properly be termed a stimulant.
How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk

noun
a drug or similar substance that increases physiological activity, esp of a particular organ
any stimulating agent or thing
adjective
increasing physiological activity; stimulating

1772 (adj.); 1794 (n.), from Latin stimulantem (nominative stimulans), present participle of stimulare (see stimulation).

stimulant stim·u·lant (stĭm’yə-lənt)
n.
An agent that arouses organic activity, strengthens the action of the heart, increases vitality, and promotes a sense of well-being. adj.
Serving as or being a stimulant.
stimulant
(stĭm’yə-lənt)
An agent, especially a drug, that causes increased activity, especially of the nervous or cardiovascular systems. Caffeine is a commonly used stimulant.

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