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[bahr-bi-tawl, -tal]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a barbiturate compound, C7O3N2H12, formerly used as a hypnotic.
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Origin of barbital

1915–20; barbit(uric acid) + (Veron)al, the name of a formerly used sedative and hypnotic
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Historical Examples

  • A woman, who had taken morphine and barbital, was found apparently dead after a night's exposure in some lonely spot.

    The Grey Room

    Eden Phillpotts

  • The Council took up the substance in February, 1918, and referred the matter to the referee in charge of barbital preparations.

  • Barbital was introduced into medicine under the proprietary name veronal, and was manufactured in Germany by Friedr.

barbital in Medicine


(bärbĭ-tôl′, -tăl′)
  1. A white crystalline barbiturate used as a sedative and hypnotic, especially in the form of its soluble salt, sodium barbital.
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