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  • n. Alternative spelling of sulfonal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substance employed as a hypnotic, produced by the union of mercaptan and acetone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Diethyl sulphon-di-methyl-methane, (CH3)2C.(C2H5SO2)2, a hypnotic of considerable value.


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  • 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."

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say

  • 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.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills or, One Heart's Burden

  • But he took the sulphonal and washed it down with the quassia-flavored water.

    Out of the Primitive

  • And there was a time, as you already know, when I used to take bromide and sometimes even sulphonal to make me sleep!

    The Prairie Wife

  • You were kept in bed and dosed with bromides and sulphonal.

    The Dangerous Age

  • His rhetoric was better than bromide or sulphonal.

    Keeping up with Lizzie

  • She was wrapped in a thickening cloud of opiates -- morphia by day, bromides, sulphonal, chloral hydrate at night.

    The Fruit of the Tree

  • 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.

    The Booming of Acre Hill And Other Reminiscences of Urban and Suburban Life

  • "If you'll leave that alone, I will," I said; and I returned to my cabin and brought some sulphonal tabloids.

    Hurricane Island

  • 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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