Definition of Amytal in English:



  • A barbiturate drug used as a sedative and a hypnotic.

    Alternative name: 5-ethyl-5-isopropylbarbituric acid, or its sodium salt (sodium amytal); chemical formula: C₁₁H₁₈N₂O₃

    ‘Intravenous sodium amytal (Amytal, Luminal, Nembutal) elicited no benefit, but intravenous zolpidem did.’
    • ‘Well, I'm going to ask people to take a look at that magazine, because it discusses a drug called sodium amytal, which is a hallucinogenic barbiturate.’
    • ‘They used a variety of methods, including hypnosis, injections of sodium amytal, guided imagery, dream work, participation in survivor groups, even massage therapy to recover ‘body memories’ of abuse.’
    • ‘But that's another subject entirely - the point is that Slothrop's map gets him interrogated under sodium amytal, a technique first documented in 1943 as narcoanalysis, and sometimes referred to as ‘truth serum’.’
    • ‘I asked, as insouciantly as you like, my subtle interrogation forming step by step, point by point, spiralling around my quarry like the hazy grip of sodium amytal.’



/ˈamətôl/ /ˈæmətɔl/


1920s from amyl + -t-(for ease of pronunciation) + -al.