Definition of temazepam in English:


Line breaks: tem|aze¦pam
Pronunciation: /təˈmeɪzɪpam
, -ˈmazɪ-/


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A compound of the benzodiazepine class used as a tranquillizer and short-acting hypnotic.
    • A tricyclic compound; chemical formula: C16H13ClN2O2
    More 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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