Stimulant


Human Body Section
Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word stimulant is used to refer to therapeutic agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that promote (increase) the activity of a system of the body, or a function of the body.

For example, caffeine, as contained in standard, as opposed to de-caffeinated, coffee and other soft drinks, is a stimulant of the central nervous system.

Tip: When studying agents that are stimulants, be sure to memorise the body system/function that they act on.

A more general way to define the word stimulant is to describe it as the property of therapeutic agents that quicken specific physiological function/s of the body.



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