methaqualone

[muh-thak-wuh-lohn, meth-uh-kwey-lohn, -kwol-ohn]

noun Pharmacology.

a nonbarbiturate sedative-hypnotic substance, C16H14N2O, used to induce sleep: also widely used as an illicit drug.

Nearby words

  1. methanesulfonic acid,
  2. methanogen,
  3. methanoic acid,
  4. methanol,
  5. methantheline,
  6. methb,
  7. methedrine,
  8. metheglin,
  9. methemalbumin,
  10. methemalbuminemia

Origin of methaqualone

1960–65; meth(yl) + -a- of uncertain derivation + qu(in)a(zo)l(in)one (see quinazoline, -one)

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British Dictionary definitions for methaqualone

methaqualone

noun

a nonbarbituate sedative drug used to treat stress and insomnia. Formula: C 16 H 14 N 2 O
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Word Origin and History for methaqualone

methaqualone

n.

hypnotic sedative drug, 1961, from meth(o)- + connecting particle -a- + qu(in)a(zo)lone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for methaqualone

methaqualone

[mĕth′ə-kwālōn′]

n.

A potentially habit-forming drug used as a sedative and hypnotic.

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