ben·​zo·​di·​az·​e·​pine ˌben-zō-dī-ˈa-zə-ˌpēn How to pronounce benzodiazepine (audio)
: any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (such as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers

Examples of benzodiazepine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who are seeking out prescription medications such as oxycodone or benzodiazepines are also at high risk. John Loeppky, Verywell Health, 21 May 2024 Included in the autopsy report are toxicology tests, Those tests appeared clean, with no amphetamine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, opiates, PCP, barbiturates, or benzodiazepines detected in his system. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 The counterfeit pills are made to look like legit prescription opioid medications — like oxycodone or benzodiazepines — but are often far deadlier. Emma Bowman, NPR, 13 May 2024 The most common emergency medications – also called seizure rescue medications– are a type of anticonvulsants called benzodiazepines. Jacob Pellinen, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 Possibilities include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine and tricyclic antidepressants. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Jan. 2024 Around 10 years ago, criminals in Colombia started using it to target tourists, Dr. Castaño said, often mixing it with benzodiazepines, depressants that typically treat insomnia and anxiety, to further incapacitate victims. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Drugs that may cause a problem include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine, and tricyclic antidepressants. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Jan. 2024 According to the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau, Cloud had fentanyl, cocaine, benzodiazepine, and methamphetamine in his system at the time of death. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History


benz- + di- + az- + -epine (from hepta- + -ine entry 2)

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benzodiazepine was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Benzodiazepine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ben·​zo·​di·​az·​e·​pine ˌben-zō-dī-ˈaz-ə-ˌpēn How to pronounce benzodiazepine (audio)
: any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers

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