Definition of pentobarbitone in English:

pentobarbitone

Line breaks: pento|bar¦bit|one
Pronunciation: /ˌpɛntə(ʊ)ˈbɑːbɪtəʊn
 
/
(US pentobarbital)

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A narcotic and sedative barbiturate drug formerly used to relieve insomnia.
  • Alternative name: 5-ethyl-5-(1-methylbutyl)-barbituric acid; often used as the sodium salt (sodium pentobarbitone, Nembutal)
More example sentences
  • In this experiment, human volunteers consistently underestimated their performance impairment after acute administrations of triazolam, but not pentobarbital, a barbiturate.
  • One drug in particular, sodium pentobarbital - a barbiturate used to euthanize animals - is of prime concern.
  • To induce a coma, an anesthesiologist typically infuses a patient with increasing doses of the barbiturate pentobarbital while monitoring her brain waves with electrodes.

Origin

1930s: from pentane + barbitone (or barbital).

Definition of pentobarbitone in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day impudicity
Pronunciation: ˌimpyəˈdisitē
noun
lack of modesty