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 The major revelations of Summers’ book are the inconsistencies concerning the time of her shocking death from a barbiturate overdose at age 36, and the manner in which it was reported. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood California in August 1962 and her death was caused by a barbiturate overdose. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 In separate groups, Applewhite and his followers mixed the barbiturate phenobarbital into applesauce and washed it down with a swig of vodka, tying plastic bags over their heads to assure asphyxiation. Mary Ellen Cagnassola, PEOPLE.com, 26 Mar. 2022 Most states switched to the barbiturate pentobarbital,which also became unavailable, forcing several to turn to combinations using midazolam. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 The actress Marilyn Monroe died on Aug. 4, 1962, of a barbiturate overdose. Dallas News, 1 July 2021 His lawyers argue lethal injection would subject him to cruel and unusual pain and that Floyd prefers safer alternatives, including a firing squad or a single dose of a barbiturate. Scott Sonner, ajc, 29 June 2021 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 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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