ben·​zo·​di·​az·​e·​pine | \ ˌben-zō-dī-ˈa-zə-ˌpēn How to pronounce benzodiazepine (audio) \

Definition of benzodiazepine

: any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (such as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers

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Recent Examples on the Web On the show, the green pills are called Xanzolam, likely a fictional version of Librium, a benzodiazepine sedative similar to Xanax that was commonly prescribed in the ’60s. Lilly Dancyger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen’s Gambit and the Dangerous Myth of Drug-Induced Genius," 16 Nov. 2020 However, as Newsweek reports, Xanzolam bears many striking similarities to chlordiazepoxide, a benzodiazepine that was marketed as Librium. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "What Are the Green Pills Beth Takes In 'The Queen's Gambit'?," 27 Oct. 2020 Overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, according to a study published in 2016 in the American Journal of Public Health. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "More People Are Taking Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia, and Doctors Are Worried," 25 May 2020 Other than alcohol, opioids and marijuana, the survey showed drugs being used by the coronavirus-weary public include benzodiazepines such as anti-anxiety medication Xanax, Adderall and other prescription stimulants, and cocaine. Fox News, "Americans turn to drugs, alcohol as coronavirus stress rises, study shows," 13 May 2020 The state-of-the-art treatment for benzodiazepine dependence is not some grueling ordeal. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, "What Happened to Jordan Peterson?," 10 Mar. 2020 But unlike opioid prescriptions, which started declining after 2012, benzodiazepine prescriptions continued to rise. Knvul Sheikh,, "Dr. Heather Ashton, 90; helped people quit anxiety drugs," 5 Jan. 2020 Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which also includes Ativan and Klonopin, explains Dr. Michael Genovese, MD, a clinical psychiatrist and chief medical officer of Acadia Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee. NBC News, "How coming to terms with my anxiety helped me cope with it," 10 Oct. 2019 Other people require heavier doses of medications such as narcotics, propofol, benzodiazepines or Precedex [a sedative]. Judith Graham, Scientific American, "What Recovery From COVID-19 Looks Like," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of benzodiazepine

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzodiazepine

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

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The first known use of benzodiazepine was in 1934

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29 Nov 2020

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“Benzodiazepine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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ben·​zo·​di·​az·​e·​pine | \ ˌben-zō-dī-ˈaz-ə-ˌpēn How to pronounce benzodiazepine (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzodiazepine

: any of a group of aromatic lipophilic amines (as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) used especially as tranquilizers

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