barbiturate

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

Definition of barbiturate

  1. 1 :  a salt or ester of barbituric acid

  2. 2 :  any of various derivatives of barbituric acid (as phenobarbital) that are used especially as sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics and are often addictive

1928

First Known Use of barbiturate

1928


BARBITURATE Defined for English Language Learners

barbiturate

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

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

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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. 1:  a salt or ester of barbituric acid

  2. 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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