One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cyclic organic compound that acts as a respiratory and central nervous system stimulant, sometimes used to counteract the effects of barbiturates; 3-ethyl-3-methylglutarimide, C₈H₁₃NO₂. [International Nonproprietary Name (1996) and British Approved Name (1997): bemegride.]
1950s; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From me- + g- + imide.
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