thiopental

noun
thio·pen·tal | \ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal, -ˌtȯl\

Definition of thiopental 

: a barbiturate C11H18N2O2S used in the form of its sodium salt especially as an intravenous anesthetic — compare pentothal

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But three years ago, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tried getting 1,000 vials of the barbiturate sodium thiopental from overseas. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Media outlets fight to keep lethal injection court hearing open to public," 15 June 2018 The American maker of the drug sodium thiopental, used to render a person unconscious before other lethal drugs are administered, stopped producing it in 2009. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "What Indiana officials want to keep secret about executions," 16 May 2018 Lethal injection has been used in executions since 1977, and a three-drug protocol of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride was the standard until 2009. David Montero, latimes.com, "Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments for using untested paralytic drug in death penalty case," 9 May 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 Although the case was settled, no further executions have yet been scheduled because the Corrections Department has so far not obtained either of the two drugs approved for execution in Arizona: sodium thiopental and pentobarbital. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Arizona Death Row inmates killed by Hepatitis C, not lethal injection," 19 Mar. 2018 States began using midazolam as an alternative after drugmakers began clamping down on the use of other products such as sodium thiopental or pentobarbital in lethal injections. Washington Post, "Arkansas executions raise questions again about sedative," 26 Apr. 2017 All Sodium Pentothal — or its generic form, sodium thiopental — does is decrease your higher brain functions. Spencer Ackerman, WIRED, "New U.S. Interrogation Tool: Science," 16 Apr. 2012 Virtually all executions used the same three-drug combination: sodium thiopental, a barbiturate, to render the inmate unconscious, followed by a paralytic and a heart-stopping drug. Erik Eckholm, New York Times, "Delays as Death-Penalty States Scramble for Execution Drugs OCT. 8, 2015," 13 May 2016

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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

noun
thio·pen·tal | \ˌthī-ō-ˈpen-ˌtal, -ˌtȯl \

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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