Definition of temazepam in English:

temazepam

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] A compound of the benzodiazepine class used as a tranquillizer and short-acting hypnotic.

    • ‘There are several short half-live benzodiazepines available including oxazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, and triazolam.’
    • ‘Tranquilising drugs such as diazepam or temazepam are not suitable for treating stress because they can cause addiction after only a few weeks of taking them.’
    • ‘Chemically, flunitrazepam, temazepam, triazolam and diazepam are structurally related benzodiazepines with the same mechanism of action.’
    • ‘He had administered her usual 10 mg temazepam dose less than three hours before.’
    • ‘Hypnotic and anxiolytic drugs, such as temazepam, should only be used when the anticipated period of treatment is short (for example during an illness, or an overnight stay in a busy hospital ward.).’

Origin

1970s: from tem- (of unknown origin) + azo- + epline (suffix denoting an unsaturated seven-membered ring containing nitrogen) + amide.

Pronunciation:

temazepam

/təˈmeɪzɪpam/