Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Diethyl sulphon-di-methyl-methane, (CH3)2C.(C2H5SO2)2, a hypnotic of considerable value.
- n. alternative spelling of sulfonal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A substance employed as a hypnotic, produced by the union of mercaptan and acetone.
“HEADACHE REMEDIES: -- "The indiscriminate use of the many coal tar products and other hypnotics, such as sulphonal, phenacetine, antifebrin, chloral, bromidia, etc., under the guise of headache remedies is productive of much disaster, all being nerve paralyzants.”
“The little house was filled with an air of suppressed excitement, which was kept going by Mrs. Lorton, who, whenever Nell or Molly moved, appeared from unexpected places, attired in a tea gown, and hissed a rebuking and warning "Hush!" which penetrated to the remotest corner of the house, and would certainly have disturbed the patient but for the double dose of sulphonal which the doctor; had administered.”
“But he took the sulphonal and washed it down with the quassia-flavored water.”
“And there was a time, as you already know, when I used to take bromide and sometimes even sulphonal to make me sleep!”
“You were kept in bed and dosed with bromides and sulphonal.”
“His rhetoric was better than bromide or sulphonal.”
“She was wrapped in a thickening cloud of opiates -- morphia by day, bromides, sulphonal, chloral hydrate at night.”
“She neglected to say that she had with her own fair hands given the poor beast a dose of sulphonal the night before -- not enough to hurt him, but sufficient to make him appear tired and sleepy.”
“If you'll leave that alone, I will," I said; and I returned to my cabin and brought some sulphonal tabloids.”
“His means not being sufficient to the support of a double establishment, he took the train to London with a bottle of sulphonal in his pocket (not a drug to be recommended for his purpose) and swallowed tabloids all the way to town.”
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