[muh-proh-buh-meyt, mep-roh-bam-eyt]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for meprobamate

Historical Examples of meprobamate

  • In a few cases in which I tried tranquilizing pills of the meprobamate type there was some slight improvement.

    Disturbing Sun

    Robert Shirley Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for meprobamate


  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

meprobamate in Medicine


[mĕp′rō-bămāt′, mĕ-prōbə-]
  1. A carbamate derivative used as a sedative and a muscle relaxant.
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