antianxiety agent

Pronunciation: (AN-tee-ang-ZY-eh-tee AY-jent)

A drug used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as feelings of fear, dread, uneasiness, and muscle tightness, that may occur as a reaction to stress. Most antianxiety agents block the action of certain chemicals in the nervous system. Also called anxiolytic and anxiolytic agent.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2009-10-05