barbiturate barbiturate  /bɑr ˈbɪ tʃə rət/


  • (n) organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal


  1. Coroners, who found lethal doses of a tranquilizer, a sleep-inducing drug, and a barbiturate in her body, ruled her death an apparent suicide.
  2. They likely lay down upon two single beds, ate some Swiss chocolate to help them swallow a bitter anti-vomiting medication, and then drank the barbiturate cocktail.
  3. Diagnoses--from a string of doctors that included Carl Jung--ranged from neurosis to schizophrenia to syphilis to barbiturate addiction to simple moodiness.


  • Ohio says may seek execution drugs from compounding pharmacies

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, OHIO (Reuters) - Ohio prison officials said Friday they are changing current policies on executions that could include using drugs from compounding pharmacies, an industry that has come under increased scrutiny from regulators. The shift in the state's policy, which takes effect on October 10, comes just three weeks after the state used its last dose of the barbiturate ...
    on October 5, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "There's a scene at the end where she has to say goodbye to her children and she takes the barbiturate [to kill herself]," says Walters. "Once I'd read that in the script for the first time, I couldn't read it again. I thought, 'I'll just...
    on Jan 23, 2009 By: Julie Walters Source:

  2. "First, is the injection of sodium pentothal which is a barbiturate designed to induce the convict to sleep; second is to paralyze his body; third is to inject him with potassium chloride which stops the heart," Pimentel said.
    on Jun 24, 2006 By: Aquilino Pimentel Jr Source: ABS CBN News

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