[muh-proh-buh-meyt, mep-roh-bam-eyt]

noun Pharmacology.

a white powder, C9H18N2O4, used in medicine chiefly as a tranquilizer for treating anxiety, tension, and skeletal muscle spasm.

Origin of meprobamate

First recorded in 1950–55; me(thyl) + pro(pyl) + (car)bamate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for meprobamate



a white bitter powder used as a hypnotic. Formula: C 9 H 18 N 2 O 4

Word Origin for meprobamate

me (thyl) + pro (pyl + car) bamate
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Medicine definitions for meprobamate


[mĕp′rō-bămāt′, mĕ-prōbə-]


A carbamate derivative used as a sedative and a muscle relaxant.
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