benzodiazepine[ben′zō dī az′ə pēn′]
any of a class of synthetic, potentially addictive, tranquilizers and sleeping pills, including Valium, Librium, and Dalmane
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)– + –ine2).
From benzo- + diazepine.