- a barbiturate compound, C7O3N2H12, formerly used as a hypnotic.
Origin of barbital
1915–20; barbit(uric acid) + (Veron)al, the name of a formerly used sedative and hypnotic
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Examples from the Web for barbital
A woman, who had taken morphine and barbital, was found apparently dead after a night's exposure in some lonely spot.The Grey Room
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.
- A white crystalline barbiturate used as a sedative and hypnotic, especially in the form of its soluble salt, sodium barbital.
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