thiopental

noun
thio·​pen·​tal | \ ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal How to pronounce thiopental (audio) , -ˌtȯl \

Definition of thiopental

: 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 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 The first drug, sodium thiopental or pentobarbital, put the inmate to sleep; the second brought on paralysis; and the third stopped the heart. Steve Almasy, CNN, 5 Dec. 2019 The traditional three-drug cocktail used sodium thiopental as a sedative and vecuronium bromide or a similar compound as a paralytic. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of thiopental

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thiopental

thi- + pentobarbital

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“Thiopental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thiopental. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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thiopental

noun
thio·​pen·​tal | \ ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal How to pronounce thiopental (audio) , -ˌtȯl How to pronounce thiopental (audio) \

Medical Definition of thiopental

: a barbiturate used in the form of its sodium salt C11H17N2NaO2S especially as an intravenous anesthetic — see pentothal

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