pentobarbital

noun
pen·​to·​bar·​bi·​tal | \ˌpen-tə-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl \

Definition of pentobarbital 

: a granular barbiturate C11H18N2O3 used especially in the form of its sodium or calcium salt as a sedative, hypnotic, and antispasmodic

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As a result, states looking to use pentobarbital in their procedures had to look elsewhere to buy the drug. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Lab results from tests of the ingredient in which pentobarbital was found confirmed the animal fat was sourced from cow, chicken, and pig, which are common sources in pet food. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "No dog in our dog food, Gravy Train maker says. But what about that euthanasia drug? | Miami Herald," 4 Mar. 2018 Carlton Gary, 67, is scheduled to die by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital on Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson. Fox News, "'Stocking strangler' Carlton Gary to be executed Thursday in Georgia," 15 Mar. 2018 Currently, the state uses compounded pentobarbital for executions, as has been the protocol since 2011. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Media outlets fight to keep lethal injection court hearing open to public," 15 June 2018 His head was shaking slightly as the lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital began. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 None of the 20 inmates executed since Missouri began using pentobarbital in 2013 have shown obvious signs of pain or suffering. Fox News, "Missouri man who killed ex's new boyfriend gets 2nd stay of execution," 20 Mar. 2018 None of the 20 inmates executed since Missouri began using pentobarbital in 2013 have shown obvious signs of pain or suffering. Washington Post, "Missouri inmate gets 2nd stay of execution from high court," 20 Mar. 2018 Although the case was settled, no further executions have yet been scheduled because the department has so far not obtained either of the two drugs approved for execution in Arizona: sodium thiopental and pentobarbital. Michael Kiefer, USA TODAY, "Arizona death row inmates die from hepatitis C, not lethal injection," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pentobarbital

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pentobarbital

penta- + -o- + barbital

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pentobarbital

noun
pen·​to·​bar·​bi·​tal | \ˌpent-ə-ˈbär-bə-ˌtȯl \

Medical Definition of pentobarbital 

: 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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