from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A short-acting barbiturate, C11H17N2O2SNa, that is used to induce general anesthesia, to induce a relaxed state in psychotherapy, and for euthanasia.
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- noun barbiturate that is a hygroscopic powder (trade name Pentothal) that is a strong barbiturate that acts rapidly; induces a relaxed state when injected as a general anesthetic
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[thio– + pent(obarbit)al sodium.]
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