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Meaning of monoamine oxidase inhibitor

mon'oamine' ox'idase inhib"itor

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  1. any of various substances, as isocarboxazid and phenelzine, that block enzymatic breakdown of certain monoamine neurotransmitters: used to treat severe depression. Abbr.: MAOI Also called
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