benzodiazepine[ben′zō dī az′ə pēn′]
benzodiazepine definition by Webster's New World
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any of a class of synthetic, potentially addictive, tranquilizers and sleeping pills, including Valium, Librium, and Dalmane
benzodiazepine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any of a group of chemical compounds with a common molecular structure and similar pharmacological effects, used as antianxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, hypnotics, and sometimes as anticonvulsants.
Origin: benzo- + diazep(am) + -ine2.
benzodiazepine - Medical Definition
Any of a group of psychotropic agents used as antianxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics.