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[ben-zoh-dahy-az-uh-peen, -ey-zuh-] /ˌbɛn zoʊ daɪˈæz əˌpin, -ˈeɪ zə-/
noun, Pharmacology
any of a family of minor tranquilizers that act against anxiety and convulsions and produce sedation and muscle relaxation.
1965-70; benz- + diazep(am) + -ine2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for benzodiazepines
  • Doctors prescribe medications that relax them, such as benzodiazepines.
  • These drugs include benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines.
  • They are less likely to be addictive than benzodiazepines.
  • benzodiazepines are drugs normally used to treat anxiety.
  • benzodiazepines may offer some relief from anxiety, but they are generally used only with the more reliable treatments.
  • Beta-blockers or benzodiazepines may help reduce stress-related sweating.
  • Combined psychotherapy plus benzodiazepines for panic disorder.
  • The health care provider may recommend benzodiazepines when antidepressants don't help.
  • In four of the cases benzodiazepines alone were the only cause of death.
  • benzodiazepines are the first line of treatment, and high doses are often required.
British Dictionary definitions for benzodiazepines


any of a group of chemical compounds that are used as minor tranquillizers, such as diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
Word Origin
C20: from benzo- + di-1 + aza- + ep- + -ine²
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Word Origin and History for benzodiazepines



1934, from benzo-, word-forming element used in chemistry to indicate presence of a benzene ring fused with another ring, + di + azo- + epine, a suffix denoting a seven-membered ring, from (h)ep(ta) (see seven).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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benzodiazepines in Medicine

benzodiazepine ben·zo·di·az·e·pine (běn'zō-dī-āz'ə-pēn', -pĭn)
Any of a group of psychotropic agents used as antianxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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