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

Examples of benzodiazepine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glover's lawyer, Scottie Celestin, said Jolly died from a dose of the sedative benzodiazepine that was given to him at a hospital, not from the stab wounds. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Mar. 2022 Unknown to the recipient, the powder was a benzodiazepine, a class of depressants that includes drugs like Xanax, and was delivered in a dose large enough to purposely knock him out. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 For one scan, the team gave each person a low dose of Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine known to enhance the effect of GABA. Max G. Levy, Wired, 22 Nov. 2021 Bryce Pardo, a drug policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, said even though Xanax is a benzodiazepine, traffickers might be substituting fentanyl because of its similar sedating effect. John Keilman,, 9 Nov. 2021 Her first night in the hospital, Megan was started on a new drug regimen: the antipsychotic Zyprexa, along with Ativan, a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety. David Kortava, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 25 May 2020 See More

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

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

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