[trooth seer-uh m]
- a drug, as the barbiturate thiopental, that induces in the subject a desire to talk or a state of heightened suggestibility, used in psychotherapy and in interrogation to discover repressed or consciously withheld information.
Often truth drug [trooth druhg] /ˈtruθ ˌdrʌg/.
Origin of truth serum
First recorded in 1920–25
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- informal any of various drugs supposed to have the property of making people tell the truth, as by relaxing them
- Any of various hypnotic or anesthetic drugs, such as scopolamine or thiopental sodium, used to induce a subject under questioning to talk without inhibition.
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