thiopental

noun

thio·​pen·​tal ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal How to pronounce thiopental (audio)
-ˌtȯl
: a barbiturate C11H18N2O2S used in the form of its sodium salt especially as an intravenous anesthetic compare pentothal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Zivot and others have performed more than 200 autopsies on people killed by lethal injection using thiopental, pentobarbital or midazolam. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2022 Sodium thiopental is not approved in the United States. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 At the end of November 2010, Great Britain banned exports of thiopental for use in executions. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 The Drug Enforcement Agency seizes Georgia’s supply of thiopental, over questions of where the state obtained the drug. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 In 2015, Arizona tried to illegally import sodium thiopental. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 2 June 2021 The Georgia Department of Corrections announces that pentobarbital will be substituted for thiopental in the three-drug lethal injection process. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 In 2015, Arizona tried to ship thiopental from out of the country. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2020 State officials in 2015 tried to ship thiopental from out of the country, but federal officials impounded the drug at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

thi- + pentobarbital

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thiopental was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Thiopental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thiopental. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

thiopental

noun

thio·​pen·​tal ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal How to pronounce thiopental (audio) -ˌtȯl How to pronounce thiopental (audio)
: a barbiturate used in the form of its sodium salt C11H17N2NaO2S especially as an intravenous anesthetic see pentothal
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