pentobarbital

noun

pen·​to·​bar·​bi·​tal ˌpen-tə-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce pentobarbital (audio)
: a granular barbiturate C11H18N2O3 used especially in the form of its sodium or calcium salt as a sedative, hypnotic, and antispasmodic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Jim Salter, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Department records obtained by attorneys for the inmates showed that prison officials did potency testing of their supply of pentobarbital that extended its beyond use date to September and November. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 3 Jan. 2023 Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Jim Salter, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Jim Salter, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Jim Salter, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Jim Salter, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. CBS News, 29 Nov. 2022 The announcement comes after a series of changes at the federal department, including a new protocol for administering lethal injections at the federal Bureau of Prisons using the drug pentobarbital. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

penta- + -o- + barbital

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pentobarbital was in 1931

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“Pentobarbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pentobarbital. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

pentobarbital

noun
pen·​to·​bar·​bi·​tal ˌpent-ə-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce pentobarbital (audio)
: a granular barbiturate used especially in the form of its sodium salt C11H17N2NaO3 or calcium salt (C11H17N2O3)2Ca as a sedative, hypnotic, and antispasmodic

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