barbituric acidbar·bi·tu·ric acid
a white, odorless, crystalline acid, CHON, used in the manufacture of sedatives and hypnotics, in making dyes, and as a polymerization catalyst
Origin of barbituric acidfrom German barbitursäure ( from Modern Latin Usnea barbata, literally , bearded moss + ursäure, a ureide of acid character from urea, urea + säure, acid) + -ic
An acidic pyrimidine derivative, C4H4O3N2, used in the manufacture of barbiturates and some plastics.
Origin of barbituric acidPartial translation of German Barbitursäure (coined by German chemist Adolf von Baeyer (1835-1917), purportedly after he discovered the compound on December 4, 1864, the feast of Saint Barbara by combining malonic acid and urea ) Barbit- ( irregularly derived from the name Barbara )New Latin ūr(ea) urea ; see urea. German Säure acid