bromide

noun
bro·​mide | \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd How to pronounce bromide (audio) \

Definition of bromide

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore
b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion

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After bromine was discovered in 1827, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide, which was used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness. By the 20th century, bromide was being used figuratively to apply to anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness.

Examples of bromide in a Sentence

His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together. a newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully
Recent Examples on the Web These questions lead us to the tiresome but correct bromide that more studies are needed to figure out the implications of this bump in the road. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 10 May 2022 Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 In Harris’s hands, the nonsensical bromide becomes an art form unto itself. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Once unconsciousness was confirmed, the rest of the chemicals began to flow through the IV lines: a muscle relaxant called rocuronium bromide, and potassium chloride, to induce cardiac arrest. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 That drug was followed by two more: vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021 The state is using a three-drug procedure of midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride to carry out executions. Josh Dulaney, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 David Neal Cox was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. after a mixture of three chemicals -- midazolam, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride -- was injected into his left arm, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections (DOC). Chris Boyette, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bromide

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Bromide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bromide. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bromide

bromide

noun
bro·​mide | \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd How to pronounce bromide (audio) \

Medical Definition of bromide

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2 : a dose of bromide taken usually as a sedative

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