Barbiturate meaning

bär-bĭchər-ĭt, -ə-rāt, bär-bĭchə-wĭt
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Any depressant drug, as phenobarbital, derived from barbituric acid and used as a sedative, sleeping pill, anticonvulsant, etc.
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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.

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Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.
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Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants 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.
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(organic chemistry) Any salt or ester of barbituric acid.
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(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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Origin of barbiturate

  • barbitur(ic acid) –ate

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

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