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truth serum

[trooth seer-uh m]
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noun
  1. a drug, as the barbiturate thiopental, that induces in the subject a desire to talk or a state of heightened suggestibility, used in psychotherapy and in interrogation to discover repressed or consciously withheld information.
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Often truth drug [trooth druhg] /ˈtruθ ˌdrʌg/.
Compare narcoanalysis.

Origin of truth serum

First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for truth serum

Historical Examples

  • Then, abruptly, "Are you sure that was truth-serum in that hypodermic?"

    Man of Many Minds

    E. Everett Evans

  • So the doctors gave him truth-serum so he would not try to conceal anything from them.

    The Leader

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)

  • What sort of talents and abilities did he possess, that he could react thus to a truth-serum?

    Man of Many Minds

    E. Everett Evans


truth serum in Medicine

truth serum

(trōōth)
n.
  1. Any of various hypnotic or anesthetic drugs, such as scopolamine or thiopental sodium, used to induce a subject under questioning to talk without inhibition.
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