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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Barbiturato

Barbiturate (bar-BICH-u-rit)
A drug used to treat insomnia, seizures, and convulsions, and to relieve anxiety and tension before surgery. It belongs to the family of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.