barbiturate

noun bar·bi·tu·rate \ bär-ˈbi-chə-rət , -ˌrāt ; ˌbär-bə-ˈtyu̇r-ət , -ˈtu̇r- , -ˌāt ; ÷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

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First Known Use of barbiturate

1868


BARBITURATE Defined for English Language Learners

barbiturate

noun

Definition of barbiturate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

barbiturate

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