Definition of benzodiazepine in English:

benzodiazepine

Line breaks: benzo|di¦azep¦ine
Pronunciation: /ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈeɪzɪpiːn
 
, -ˈazəpiːn/

noun

Medicine
  • Any of a class of heterocyclic organic compounds used as tranquillizers, such as Librium and Valium.
    More example sentences
    • A group of tranquillisers called benzodiazepines including drugs such as Valium, Librium and Diazepam were often involved.
    • We're talking about benzodiazepines such as Valium, Normison and methadone syrup.
    • Two of the best known and most widely used benzodiazepines are Librium and Valium.

Origin

1930s: from benzene + di-1 + azo- + epi- + -ine4.

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