amobarbital

noun
amo·​bar·​bi·​tal | \ ˌa-mō-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce amobarbital (audio) \

Definition of amobarbital

: a barbiturate administered especially in the form of its sodium salt C11H17N2NaO3 as a hypnotic and sedative

Examples of amobarbital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another bit of circumstantial evidence: Amytal, or amobarbital, an active ingredient in truth serums developed in the United States in the thirties, essentially inhibits mitochondrial respiration, supposedly rendering subjects too worn out to lie. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 An intravenous line was started in his arm, and amobarbital flowed into his veins … the rubber bite-guard was placed in his mouth, and a conductive gel was rubbed in the circles over his temples. Wayne Catan, idahostatesman, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of amobarbital

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amobarbital

amyl + -o- + barbital

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“Amobarbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amobarbital. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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amobarbital

noun
amo·​bar·​bi·​tal | \ ˌam-ō-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce amobarbital (audio) \

Medical Definition of amobarbital

: a barbiturate administered especially in the form of its sodium salt C11H17N2NaO3 as a hypnotic and sedative

called also amylobarbitone

— see amytal, tuinal

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