barbital

noun

bar·​bi·​tal ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce barbital (audio)
: a crystalline barbiturate C8H12N2O3 used as a sedative and hypnotic often in the form of its soluble sodium salt

Word History

Etymology

barbituric + -al (as in Veronal, trademark for barbital)

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barbital was in 1917

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“Barbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbital. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

barbital

noun
bar·​bi·​tal ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl, -ˌtal How to pronounce barbital (audio)
: a crystalline barbiturate C8H12N2O3 formerly used as a sedative and hypnotic often in the form of its soluble sodium salt see veronal

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