Benzodiazepine meaning

bĕnzō-dī-ăzə-pēn, -pĭn
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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.
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Any of a class of synthetic, potentially addictive, tranquilizers and sleeping pills, including Valium, Librium, and Dalmane.
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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.
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(pharmacology) Any of a class of psychoactive drugs, structured upon diazepine, used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and other related disorders.
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Origin of benzodiazepine

  • benzo– diazepine seven-member ring containing two nitrogens (di–) (az(o)–) ((h)ep(ta)–) (–ine)

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

  • From benzo- +‎ diazepine.

    From Wiktionary