Meaning of benzodiazepine in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈeɪzɪpiːn/ /ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈazɪpiːn/

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  • Any of a class of heterocyclic organic compounds used as tranquillizers, such as Librium and Valium.

    ‘A group of tranquillisers called benzodiazepines including drugs such as Valium, Librium and Diazepam were often involved.’
    • ‘We're talking about benzodiazepines such as Valium, Normison and methadone syrup.’
    • ‘Two of the best known and most widely used benzodiazepines are Librium and Valium.’
    • ‘They also found that benzodiazepines or sleeping pills, were significantly associated with heartburn during sleep.’
    • ‘Barbiturates, like benzodiazepines and amphetamines, are a large class of drugs.’


1930s from benzene+ di-+ azo-+ epi-+ -ine.