Definition of Nembutal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɛmbjʊt(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛmbjʊtɑːl/


trademark in the US
The drug sodium pentobarbitone (see pentobarbitone).
Example sentences
  • He insists that her veins were swimming merrily with a drug called Nembutal, which would have made the superstar a teeny-weeny bit too unconscious to go about fiddling with those pesky tubes.
  • Druggers take whatever they have - Depronal, Valium, Nembutal, whatever - hoping they'll fall gently asleep and never wake up.
  • Although she had taken enough Nembutal and chloral hydrate to kill 15 people, no trace of tablets was found in her stomach.


1930s: from N(a) (symbol for sodium) + e(thyl), m(ethyl), but(yl), elements of the systematic name, + -al.

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