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