meprobamate

meprobamate

[muh-proh-buh-meyt, mep-roh-bam-eyt]
noun Pharmacology.
a white powder, C 9 H 1 8 N 2 O 4 , used in medicine chiefly as a tranquilizer for treating anxiety, tension, and skeletal muscle spasm.

Origin:
1950–55; me(thyl) + pro(pyl) + (car)bamate

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meprobamate (məˈprəʊbəˌmeɪt, ˌmɛprəʊˈbæmeɪt)
 
n
a white bitter powder used as a hypnotic. Formula: C9H18N2O4
 
[me(thyl) + pro(pyl + car)bamate]

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meprobamate mep·ro·bam·ate (měp'rō-bām'āt', mě-prō'bə-)
n.
A bitter white powder used as a tranquilizer, a muscle relaxant, and an anticonvulsant.

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meprobamate

drug used in the treatment of anxiety. A central nervous system depressant, meprobamate acts selectively upon the spinal cord and the higher centres in the brain. Physical dependence may be produced after utilization of high doses for prolonged periods. Possible side effects include drowsiness, lethargy, and unsteadiness of stance and gait. Meprobamate was introduced in the mid-1950s and commonly is marketed under the trade names Equanil and Miltown.

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