Definition of barbituric acid in English:

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barbituric acid

Pronunciation: /ˌbɑːbɪˌtjʊərɪk ˈasɪd/
Pronunciation: /ˌbɑːbɪˌtʃʊərɪk ˈasɪd/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A synthetic organic acid from which the barbiturates are derived.
Example sentences
  • Barbiturates are derived from barbituric acid, an alkaloid with nitrogen-containing rings.
  • Galvan and Pitones used barbituric acid to cover up the smell of the drugs, a procedure that does not work, Piazza said.
  • Any other salts or derivatives of barbituric acid or compounds, preparations or mixtures thereof will be considered to be a put of this list.


Mid 19th century: from French barbiturique, from German Barbitursäure, from the given name Barbara + Säure 'acid'.

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