al·​praz·​o·​lam al-ˈpra-zə-ˌlam How to pronounce alprazolam (audio)
: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C17H13ClN4 used especially to treat mild to moderate anxiety

Examples of alprazolam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Difluoroethane is a gas often used in cans of compressed air, which can be huffed to produce a high, while alprazolam is the generic form of brand-name Xanax. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 28 Apr. 2023 The singer, 34, drowned after inhaling difluoroethane, also known as huffing, and taking alprazolam (a generic form of Xanax), according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2023 While investigating and during Thursday’s arrest, police seized over 15,000 fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, more than 1,800 alprazolam or Xanax pills, 25 pounds of cannabis, seven guns and thousands in cash, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2022 Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, diazepam and lorazepam can be helpful when taken on a short-term basis. Jen Christensen, CNN, 20 Jan. 2020 The recall involves alprazolam tablets, USP C-IV, 0.5 mg in 500-count bottles, lot No. 8082708, with a September 2020 expiration date. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 Oct. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hydrocodone and alprazolam both come with risk of opioid addiction. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2020 Xanax, also called alprazolam, is primarily used to manage anxiety and panic disorders, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, 28 Jan. 2020 Petty had a mixture of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl in his system. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2019

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Word History


alprazol- (perhaps from rearrangement of letters in triazole — compound with a ring composed of two carbon and three nitrogen atoms — and benzodiazepine) + -am (as in diazepam)

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alprazolam was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Alprazolam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


al·​praz·​o·​lam al-ˈpraz-ə-ˌlam How to pronounce alprazolam (audio)
: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C17H13ClN4 used especially in the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety see xanax

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