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a barbiturate compound, C 7 O 3 N 2 H 12 , formerly used as a hypnotic.
Historical Examples

barbital was introduced into medicine under the proprietary name veronal, and was manufactured in Germany by Friedr.
The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2 Various

The Council took up the substance in February, 1918, and referred the matter to the referee in charge of barbital preparations.
The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2 Various

A woman, who had taken morphine and barbital, was found apparently dead after a night’s exposure in some lonely spot.
The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts

barbital bar·bi·tal (bär’bĭ-tôl’, -tāl’)
A white crystalline barbiturate used as a sedative and hypnotic, especially in the form of its soluble salt, sodium barbital.


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