[ bahr-bi-tawl, -tal ]
/ ˈbɑr bɪˌtɔl, -ˌtæl /

noun Pharmacology.

a barbiturate compound, C7O3N2H12, formerly used as a hypnotic.

Nearby words

  1. barbicel,
  2. barbie,
  3. barbie doll,
  4. barbirolli,
  5. barbirolli, sir john,
  6. barbitalism,
  7. barbitone,
  8. barbiturate,
  9. barbiturates,
  10. barbituric

Origin of barbital

1915–20; barbit(uric acid) + (Veron)al, the name of a formerly used sedative and hypnotic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for barbital


[ bärbĭ-tôl′, -tăl′ ]


A white crystalline barbiturate used as a sedative and hypnotic, especially in the form of its soluble salt, sodium barbital.

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