di·​az·​e·​pam dī-ˈa-zə-ˌpam How to pronounce diazepam (audio)
: a tranquilizer C16H13ClN2O used especially to relieve anxiety and tension and as a muscle relaxant

Examples of diazepam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include: Benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), particularly Aleve (naproxen) and Tivorbex (indomethacin) Corticosteroids like prednisone can also trigger psoriasis if stopped abruptly. Maureen Salamon, Verywell Health, 10 Apr. 2024 The most common ones used are diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam and midazolam. Jacob Pellinen, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 More than half of the diazepam sheep then ate from the bucket. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2016 The latter two substances are used primarily as anti-anxiety drugs; diazepam is sold under the brand name Valium. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Ryan’s lawyers stressed that one of three drugs found in Harris’s body — diazepam — comes in a pill form and was taken by Harris herself. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2024 In September 1974, two people off-roading on a fire road came upon the body of a person who was believed to have died three to five days earlier from accidental alcohol and diazepam intoxication, authorities said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Schlicht’s body was found on Sept. 14, 1974, and his cause of death was originally ruled as accidental alcohol and diazepam intoxication, the sheriff’s department said. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 In 1980, homicide investigators linked other deaths from alcohol and diazepam intoxication that occurred two years prior in Southern California, including Orange County, and the deaths were ruled homicides. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History


benzodiazepine + -am (of unknown origin)

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diazepam was circa 1961

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“Diazepam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diazepam. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


di·​az·​e·​pam dī-ˈaz-ə-ˌpam How to pronounce diazepam (audio)
: a synthetic tranquilizer C16H13ClN2O used especially to relieve anxiety and tension and as a muscle relaxant see valium

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