WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•bi•tu•rate /bɑrˈbɪtʃərɪt, -əˌreɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Drugsa chemical used in medicine to calm people.
(bär bich′ər it, -ə rāt′; bär′bi tŏŏr′it, -āt, -tyŏŏr′-),USA pronunciation n. [Pharm.]
- Drugsany of a group of barbituric acid derivatives, used in medicine as sedatives and hypnotics.
- barbitur(ic) + -ate2 1925–30
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barbiturate /bɑːˈbɪtjʊrɪt -ˌreɪt/ n
- a derivative of barbituric acid, such as phenobarbital, used in medicine as a sedative, hypnotic, or anticonvulsant
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