Definition: Substances that act in the brain stem or spinal cord to produce tonic or clonic convulsions, often by removing normal inhibitory tone. They were formerly used to stimulate respiration or as antidotes to barbiturate overdose. They are now most commonly used as experimental tools.
note entry term CONVULSANT EFFECT: use only for the convulsant effect of a chemical substance
Other names Effects, Convulsant; Effect, Convulsant; Convulsant Effects; Convulsant Effect