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

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Sodium thiopental, the barbiturate used in the injection that killed Brooks, and pancuronium bromide are typically used in medical settings to anesthetize patients — they were not designed for use in lethal injection procedures. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 After years of struggling to acquire one of the drugs, sodium thiopental, Nebraska prison officials changed their rules last year to let the state corrections director choose which chemicals to use. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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