[ bahr-bich-er-it, -uh-reyt; bahr-bi-too r-it, -eyt, -tyoo r- ]
/ bɑrˈbɪtʃ ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt; ˌbɑr bɪˈtʊər ɪt, -eɪt, -ˈtyʊər- /
any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives, used in medicine as sedatives and hypnotics.
Related formsnon·bar·bit·u·rate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barbiturate
/ (bɑːˈbɪtjʊrɪt, -ˌreɪt) /
a derivative of barbituric acid, such as phenobarbital, used in medicine as a sedative, hypnotic, or anticonvulsant
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Medicine definitions for barbiturate
[ bär-bĭch′ər-ĭt, -ə-rāt′, bär′bĭ-tur′ĭt, -āt′ ]
A salt or ester of barbituric acid.
Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.
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Science definitions for barbiturate
[ bär-bĭch′ər-ĭt ]
Any of a group of drugs that act as depressants of the central nervous system, are highly addictive, and are used primarily as sedatives and anticonvulsants. Phenobarbital and pentobarbital are examples of barbiturates.
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