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Adjective

  1. That induces a temporary state of altered perception and symptoms similar to those of psychosis (such as hallucinations).

Noun

  1. A psychotomimetic drug (such as LSD).

Extensive Definition

A drug with psychotomimetic actions mimics the symptoms of psychosis, including delusions and/or hallucinations. Some drugs of the opioid class have psychotomimetic effects such as pentazocine and butorphanol.
Carl Sagan also used the word psychotomimetic in his anonymous article "Mr.X" to describe the effects of the drug marijuana.

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