any of a class of synthetic, potentially addictive, tranquilizers and sleeping pills, including Valium, Librium, and Dalmane
Origin of benzodiazepinebenzo- + di- + az(o)- + -epine from (h)ep(ta)- + -ine
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 of benzodiazepinebenzo- diazepine seven-member ring containing two nitrogens ( di- ) ( az(o)- ) ( (h)ep(ta)- ) ( -ine 2)
From benzo- + diazepine.