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barbiturate

[ bahr-bich-er-it, -uh-reyt; bahr-bi-toor-it, -eyt, -tyoor- ]
/ bɑrˈbɪtʃ ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt; ˌbɑr bɪˈtʊər ɪt, -eɪt, -ˈtyʊər- /
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noun Pharmacology.
any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives, used in medicine as sedatives and hypnotics.
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Origin of barbiturate

First recorded in 1925–30; barbitur(ic) + -ate2

OTHER WORDS FROM barbiturate

non·bar·bit·u·rate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barbiturate

barbiturate
/ (bɑːˈbɪtjʊrɪt, -ˌreɪt) /

noun
a derivative of barbituric acid, such as phenobarbital, used in medicine as a sedative, hypnotic, or anticonvulsant
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Scientific definitions for barbiturate

barbiturate
[ bär-bĭchər-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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