barbiturate

noun
bar·​bi·​tu·​rate | \ bär-ˈbi-chə-rət How to pronounce barbiturate (audio) , -ˌrāt; ˌbär-bə-ˈtyu̇r-ət, -ˈtu̇r-, -ˌāt; nonstandard bär-ˈbi-chə-wət \

Definition of barbiturate

1 : a salt or ester of barbituric acid
2 : any of various derivatives of barbituric acid (such as phenobarbital) that are used especially as sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics and are often addictive

Examples of barbiturate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then a final injection — a concentrated barbiturate — is delivered directly into the vein, which halts all brain activity. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 To replace the paperweight with a bottle of a potent, near deadly barbiturate speaks volumes. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2020 He had been fed a barbiturate earlier that evening by O'Neal, whose relationship with Hampton is explored in the drama. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 23 Dec. 2020 Phenobarbital is a barbiturate often used to treat seizures and anxiety. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2020 He had been fed a barbiturate earlier that evening by informant William O'Neal, whose relationship with Hampton is explored in the drama. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 7 Aug. 2020 The assembled onlookers lost interest and left the room, figuring that the demonstration was culminating in a semi-intentional and lethal barbiturate overdose. Bradley M. Wertheim, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2020 The spokesman said it would be replaced by Brevital, a barbiturate anesthetic, in a mix that also included pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 8 July 2020 As part of the DOJ addendum last year, Barr directed the federal government to change the cocktail of three drugs used for federal executions to just a single drug: phenobarbital, a barbiturate that in high doses causes respiratory arrest. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of barbiturate

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Barbiturate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbiturate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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barbiturate

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English Language Learners Definition of barbiturate

medical : any of various drugs that are used to calm people or to make them sleep

barbiturate

noun
bar·​bi·​tu·​rate | \ bär-ˈbich-ə-rət How to pronounce barbiturate (audio) , -ˌrāt; ˌbär-bə-ˈt(y)u̇r-ət How to pronounce barbiturate (audio) , -ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r-ˌāt \

Medical 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

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