Definition of diazepam in English:


Line breaks: di¦aze|pam
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈazɪpam
, -ˈeɪz-/


[mass noun]
  • A tranquillizing muscle-relaxant drug used chiefly to relieve anxiety. Also called Valium ( • trademark ).
    • A member of the benzodiazepine group; chemical formula: C16H13N2OCl
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    • 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.
    • The 29 year old died from aspiration of vomit after mixing diazepam, chlorpromazine, temazepam, flunitrazepam, and clomethiazole.
    • She had always worked, mostly in shops, but was by then on huge amounts of methadone, nitrazepam, amitriptyline, diazepam and temazepam.


1960s: blend of benzodiazepine and amide.

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