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benzodiazepine Line breaks: benzo|di¦azep¦ine
Pronunciation: /ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈeɪzɪpiːn/

Definition of benzodiazepine in English:


Any of a class of heterocyclic organic compounds used as tranquillizers, such as Librium and Valium.
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.


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

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