Barbiturate Definition

bär-bĭchər-ĭt, -ə-rāt, bär-bĭchə-wĭt
barbiturates
noun
Any depressant drug, as phenobarbital, derived from barbituric acid and used as a sedative, sleeping pill, anticonvulsant, etc.
Webster's New World
Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.
American Heritage Medicine
The definition of a barbiturate is one of many addictive drugs mainly used to sedate people or to control seizures.
Phenobarbital is an example of a barbiturate.
YourDictionary

(organic chemistry) Any salt or ester of barbituric acid.

Wiktionary

(pharmacology) Any of derivatives of barbituric acid that act as depressants of the central nervous system and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.

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Any of a group of drugs that act as depressants of the central nervous system, are highly addictive, and are used primarily as sedatives and anticonvulsants. Phenobarbital and pentobarbital are examples of barbiturates.
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Barbiturate

Noun

Singular:
barbiturate
Plural:
barbiturates

Origin of Barbiturate

  • barbitur(ic acid) –ate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See barbituric.

    From Wiktionary

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