benzodiazepine

[ben-zoh-dahy-az-uh-peen, -ey-zuh-]
noun Pharmacology.
any of a family of minor tranquilizers that act against anxiety and convulsions and produce sedation and muscle relaxation.

Origin:
1965–70; benz- + diazep(am) + -ine2

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benzodiazepine (ˌbɛnzəʊdaɪˈeɪzəˌpiːn)
 
n
any of a group of chemical compounds that are used as minor tranquillizers, such as diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
 
[C20: from benzo- + di-1 + aza- + ep- + -ine²]

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benzodiazepine
1934, from benzo- + di + azo- + epine, a suffix denoting a seven-membered ring, from (h)ep(ta) (see seven).
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benzodiazepine ben·zo·di·az·e·pine (běn'zō-dī-āz'ə-pēn', -pĭn)
n.
Any of a group of psychotropic agents used as antianxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics.

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Example sentences
Benzodiazepine medications such as diazepam or lorazepam also help treat seizures, anxiety, and tremors.
Side effects may differ depending on whether the benzodiazepine is long-acting or short-acting.
The diagnosis is verified by a benzodiazepine or barbiturate test.
Chlordiazepoxide is the benzodiazepine of choice in uncomplicated alcohol withdrawal.
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