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 In 2015, Arizona tried to ship thiopental from out of the country. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Governor: More work to do before death row inmates are executed," 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, "Arizona moves closer to resuming executions after 6-year hiatus," 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, "Another Tennessee murderer chooses electric chair over lethal injection," 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, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 But the protocol was never used in an execution, and after years of failing to acquire one of the drugs, sodium thiopental, Nebraska prison officials changed their rules to let the state corrections director choose which chemicals to use. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska to try risky 4-drug series in 1st lethal injection," 6 Aug. 2018 View Sample Sign Up Now States started using it for executions in 2011, due to a shortage of sodium thiopental, which was previously used in executions––along with pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Josiah Bates, Time, "Why the Justice Department's Plan to Use a Single Drug for Lethal Injections Is Controversial," 29 July 2019 Four years ago, the state tried to illegally import sodium thiopental, which had been used to carry out executions but was no longer manufactured by companies approved by the Food and Drug Administration. CBS News, "Arizona to resume executions for first time since 2014 lawsuit over alleged botched lethal injection," 26 July 2019 After sodium thiopental became unobtainable, states began experimenting with alternatives. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 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 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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