amobarbital

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amobarbital

(ăm'ōbär`bĭtäl), drug that acts as a nervous system depressantdepressant,
any one of various substances that diminish functional activity, usually by depressing the nervous system. Barbiturates, sedatives, alcohol, and meprobamate are all depressants. Depressants have various modes of action and effects.
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, any one of a group of drugs that act as depressants on the central nervous system. High doses depress both nerve and muscle activity and inhibit oxygen consumption in the tissues. In low doses barbiturates act as sedatives, i.e.
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amobarbital

[‚am·ō′bär·bə·təl]
(pharmacology)
C11H18N2O3 A white, crystalline powder with a bitter taste and a melting point of 156-161°C; soluble in alcohol; used in medicine.