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benzodiazepine

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noun ben·zo·di·az·e·pine \ˌben-zō-dī-ˈa-zə-ˌpēn\

Definition of benzodiazepine

  1. :  any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers



Origin of benzodiazepine

benz- + di- + az- + -epine (from hepta- + 2-ine)


First Known Use: 1934


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benzodiazepine

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noun ben·zo·di·az·e·pine \ˌben-zō-dī-ˈaz-ə-ˌpēn\

Medical Definition of benzodiazepine

  1. :  any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers




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