di·​az·​e·​pam | \ dī-ˈa-zə-ˌpam How to pronounce diazepam (audio) \

Definition of diazepam

: a tranquilizer C16H13ClN2O used especially to relieve anxiety and tension and as a muscle relaxant

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Recent Examples on the Web Addiction to benzodiazepines -- a class of drugs that includes clonazepam (Klonopin), alprazolam (Xanax) and others, such as diazepam (Valium) -- is common. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2021 The young girl was also given a prescription for diazepam, or Valium. Russell Blair, courant.com, 12 May 2021 The curiosity of the mice who sniffed linalool mirrored that of mice who took the anti-anxiety medication diazepam. Jillian Mock, Popular Science, 25 Oct. 2018 Another 67 out of 156 critical acute drugs -- including diazepam, phenobarbital, lidocaine and acetaminophen -- are in short supply, the report said. Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, 22 Oct. 2020 Toxicological testing of Rivera's body found caffeine, a therapeutic level of phentermine and low levels of amphetamine and diazepam in Rivera's system. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2020 But all types of nerve agent poisoning can be treated with standard antidotes such as atropine and diazepam. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, 5 Sep. 2020 Agents also found vials of diazepam, a sedative, and ketamine, an anesthetic. NBC News, 10 Mar. 2020 Employees said ketamine was rarely used at the practice and diazepam was never used at the practice. NBC News, 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of diazepam

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diazepam

benzodiazepine + -am (of unknown origin)

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“Diazepam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diazepam. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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di·​az·​e·​pam | \ dī-ˈaz-ə-ˌpam How to pronounce diazepam (audio) \

Medical Definition of diazepam

: a synthetic tranquilizer C16H13ClN2O used especially to relieve anxiety and tension and as a muscle relaxant — see valium

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