Definition of Luminal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈluːmɪn(ə)l/


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.

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