Share this entry
Luminal Line breaks: Lu|min¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈluːmɪn(ə)l/

Definition of Luminal in English:


Trademark for phenobarbitone.
Example sentences
  • Since Luminal is a sedative that was often administered in small doses to unruly children at the time - there was no other way to treat epilepsy, for instance - nurses often had no way of knowing who was administering the fatal dose.
  • Intravenous sodium amytal (Amytal, Luminal, Nembutal) elicited no benefit, but intravenous zolpidem did.
  • The most popular lethal drug was Luminal, a barbiturate, closely followed by morphine for children resistant to the Luminal.


Early 20th century: probably from Latin lumen 'light' (rendering phen-, from Greek phaino- 'shining'), + -al.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words