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A tranquilizer[1] is a drug that induces tranquility in a person and other animals.[2]

The term is generally used as a synonym for sedative. When used by health care professionals, it is usually qualified or replaced with more precise terms:

Mood stabilizers can also be considered tranquilizing agents.[4]

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  1. ^ also spelled tranquillizer (Oxford spelling) and tranquilliser (other UK spelling); see spelling differences
  2. ^ "tranquilizer" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  3. ^ "WordNet Search - 3.0". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ Tranquilizing Agents at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)