Definition of Amytal in English:


Line breaks: Amy¦tal
Pronunciation: /ˈamɪt(ə)l


[mass noun] trademark
  • A barbiturate drug used as a sedative and a hypnotic.
    • Chemical formula: C11H18N2O3
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    • Intravenous sodium amytal (Amytal, Luminal, Nembutal) elicited no benefit, but intravenous zolpidem did.
    • Well, I'm going to ask people to take a look at that magazine, because it discusses a drug called sodium amytal, which is a hallucinogenic barbiturate.
    • They used a variety of methods, including hypnosis, injections of sodium amytal, guided imagery, dream work, participation in survivor groups, even massage therapy to recover ‘body memories’ of abuse.


1920s: from amyl + -t- (for ease of pronunciation) + -al.

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