One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound with sedative and anti-hypertensive properties, administered orally in the treatment of hypertension; 2-sec-butyl-2-methyltrimethylene dicarbamate, C₁₀H₂₀N₂O₄.
1960s; earliest use found in New Scientist. From me- + but- + -amate, probably after meprobamate.
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