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 The comedian was also required to serve four years of probation for testing positive for cocaine, amphetamine, benzodiazepines and Suboxone at the time. Joelle Goldstein,, "Comedian Artie Lange Reveals He's Out of Rehab After 7 Months of Sobriety: 'Great to Be Home!'," 10 Sep. 2019 For instance, people who take benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, at the same time as opioids can fatally overdose on lower doses of painkillers. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 He is slumped on Deb’s couch, overdosing on opioids, benzodiazepines and Lyrica. Washington Post, "Son’s opioid addiction subjects mom to goodbye after goodbye," 7 Sep. 2019 According to the documents, Ravenel said Dennis has prescriptions for benzodiazepines and amphetamines. Robyn Merrett,, "Southern Charm's Kathryn Dennis Gets Joint Temporary Custody of Her Children with Thomas Ravenel," 17 Aug. 2019 There are almost 60,000 drug users in Scotland with routine and prolonged use of opioids or benzodiazepines. Allison Mccann, New York Times, "As Scotland’s ‘Trainspotting’ Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up," 7 Aug. 2019 Alprazolam is the generic form of Xanax, a benzodiazepine often prescribed for anxiety. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Warren pharmacy tech charged with stealing thousands of Xanax pills," 12 June 2019 Between 2009 and 2014, Cummings wrote prescriptions for an average of over 249,000 oxycodone pills, 438,000 hydrocodone pills and 347,000 benzodiazepine pills per year. Anchorage Daily News, "Just 15% of U.S. pharmacies distributed nearly half of prescription opioid pain pills," 12 Aug. 2019 Like other benzodiazepines drugs, zolpidem stimulates and binds to GABA receptors, which send messages to the central nervous system, explains Tom Roth, Ph.D., director, Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Centre. Cory Stieg,, "Does Taking Ambien Really Cause Memory Loss?," 15 July 2019

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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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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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