selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor

selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor
an antidepressant drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of serotonin so that more serotonin is available to act on receptors in the brain
Syn: ↑SSRI
Hypernyms: ↑antidepressant, ↑antidepressant drug

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