Definition of temazepam in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈmeɪzɪpam/
Pronunciation: /təˈmazɪpam/


[mass noun] Medicine
A compound of the benzodiazepine class used as a tranquillizer and short-acting hypnotic.
  • A tricyclic compound; chemical formula: C16H13ClN2O2.
Example sentences
  • Tranquilising drugs such as diazepam or temazepam are not suitable for treating stress because they can cause addiction after only a few weeks of taking them.
  • There are several short half-live benzodiazepines available including oxazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, and triazolam.
  • Chemically, flunitrazepam, temazepam, triazolam and diazepam are structurally related benzodiazepines with the same mechanism of action.


1970s: from tem- (of unknown origin) + azo- + epline (suffix denoting an unsaturated seven-membered ring containing nitrogen) + amide.

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