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[muh-proh-buh-meyt, mep-roh-bam-eyt] /məˈproʊ bəˌmeɪt, ˌmɛp roʊˈbæm eɪt/
noun, Pharmacology.
a white powder, C 9 H 1 8 N 2 O 4 , used in medicine chiefly as a tranquilizer for treating anxiety, tension, and skeletal muscle spasm.
Origin of meprobamate
First recorded in 1950-55; me(thyl) + pro(pyl) + (car)bamate Unabridged
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  • In a few cases in which I tried tranquilizing pills of the meprobamate type there was some slight improvement.

    Disturbing Sun Robert Shirley Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for meprobamate


/məˈprəʊbəˌmeɪt; ˌmɛprəʊˈbæmeɪt/
a white bitter powder used as a hypnotic. Formula: C9H18N2O4
Word Origin
me(thyl) + pro(pyl + car)bamate
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meprobamate in Medicine

meprobamate mep·ro·bam·ate (měp'rō-bām'āt', mě-prō'bə-)
A bitter white powder used as a tranquilizer, a muscle relaxant, and an anticonvulsant.

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