[ dahy-az-uh-pam ]

  1. a benzodiazepine, C16H13ClN2O, used for alleviation of anxiety and tension, as a hypnotic, a muscle relaxant, and an anticonvulsant, and in alcohol withdrawal.

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Origin of diazepam

First recorded in 1960–65; (benzo)diazep(ine) + -am (of uncertain origin)

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British Dictionary definitions for diazepam


/ (daɪˈæzəˌpæm) /

  1. a chemical compound used as a minor tranquillizer and muscle relaxant and to treat acute epilepsy. Formula: C 16 H 13 ClN 2 O

Origin of diazepam

C20: from di- 1 + azo- + ep (oxide) + -am

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Scientific definitions for diazepam


[ dī-ăzə-păm′ ]

  1. A drug, C16H13ClN2O, used in the treatment of anxiety and as a sedative, muscle relaxant, and anticonvulsant.

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