monoamine oxidase inhibitor

Pronunciation: (MAH-noh-uh-MEEN OK-sih-days in-HIH-bih-ter)

A type of drug used to treat depression. It stops the breakdown of certain chemicals in the brain that help improve a person’s mood. A monoamine oxidase inhibitor is a type of antidepressant. Also called MAO inhibitor.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

2008-03-10