hypnotichyp‧not‧ic1 /hɪpˈnɒtɪk $ -ˈnɑː-/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1CONFUSEDmaking you feel tired or unable to pay attention to anything else, especially because of a regularly repeated sound or movement 🔊 His voice had a smooth hypnotic effect. 🔊 the hypnotic beat of the drum2[only before noun]MP relating to hypnosis 🔊 a hypnotic trance —hypnotically /-kli/ adverb
hypnotichypnotic2 noun [countable] technical 🔊 🔊 MDa drug that helps you to sleep syn sleeping pill
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hypnotic• Patients rarely developtolerance to benzodiazepines used as hypnotics.• Most hypnotics appear to lose their sleep-promoting properties within three to fourteen days of continuous use.• Barbifurafes Barbiturates are a major class of hypnotics that have been in use since the early l9OOs.• Rebound A serious problem with the use of hypnotics, particularly shorter-acting ones, is rebound insomnia.