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truth serum

a drug, as the barbiturate thiopental, that induces in the subject a desire to talk or a state of heightened suggestibility, used in psychotherapy and in interrogation to discover repressed or consciously withheld information.
Also, truth drug.
Compare narcoanalysis.
1920-25 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for truth serum
  • But when the fitness tycoon starts gushing that she's no businesswoman, you may want to reach for the truth serum.
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  • His mission is to secure the secret recipe for a truth serum to use on enemy agents.
British Dictionary definitions for truth serum

truth drug

(informal) any of various drugs supposed to have the property of making people tell the truth, as by relaxing them
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truth serum in Medicine

truth serum n.
Any of various hypnotic or anesthetic drugs, such as scopolamine or thiopental sodium, used to induce a subject under questioning to talk without inhibition.

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