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

Examples of thiopental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most executions were conducted with sodium thiopental as the anesthetic. Chiara Eisner, NPR, 18 Apr. 2024 One likely strategy is to continue to lobby the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow the importation of thiopental. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Other states replaced sodium thiopental with the benzodiazepine midazolam, which is also used as a sedative before medical procedures. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2022 The original three-drug protocol was developed by an Oklahoma state medical examiner and included the anesthetic sodium thiopental, a paralytic drug called pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride, which is supposed to stop the heart within minutes. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2022 In July 2015, the state tried to import sodium thiopental, which had been used to carry out executions but was no longer manufactured by companies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jacques Billeaud, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Jan. 2023 Lethal injection begins with a saline drip in the prisoner’s arm, followed by a dose of sodium thiopental, then pancuronium bromide, and finally potassium chloride. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 Brooks, a Texan who was given a fatal dose of sodium thiopental, was also the first person to be executed in Texas after an 18-year moratorium. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Dec. 2022 Mississippi revised the protocol to allow the use of midazolam if thiopental or pentobarbital cannot be obtained. Emily Wagster Pettus, ajc, 29 Nov. 2022

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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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“Thiopental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thiopental. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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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