Medical Dictionary

barbiturate

noun bar·bi·tu·rate
\bär-ˈbich-ə-rət, -ˌrāt; ˌbär-bə-ˈt(y)r-ət, -ˈt(y)(ə)r-ˌāt\

Definition of BARBITURATE

1
:  a salt or ester of barbituric acid
2
:  any of various derivatives of barbituric acid (as phenobarbital) that are used especially as sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics and are often addictive
April 02, 2015
capricious Hear it
impulsive or unpredictable
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears