One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bitter-tasting drug used, especially before the 1970s, as a mild tranquilizer.
Chemical formula: CH₃CH₂CH₂C(CH₂OCONH₂)₂CH₃
- ‘Miscellaneous other modern drugs, such as glutethimide and meprobamate, are also used as sedatives, as are some very old ones, such as chloral hydrate.’
- ‘Physicians were treating anxious outpatients with meprobamate, or Miltown, a popular tranquilliser of the 1950s and 1960s.’
- ‘Myocardial infarction occasioned by ingestion of hydrocodone, carisoprodol, meprobamate, morphine (positive test using less than 100 mg/g)’
- ‘Tranquilizers and some muscle relaxants, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates and meprobamate (brand names: Equanil, Miltown), should be avoided if at all possible.’
- ‘Drewes has found plenty of chemicals in treated wastewater - an antibiotic, a chemical used in perfume production, the muscle relaxant drug carisoprodol, and its metabolite meprobamate, among others.’
1950s: from me(thyl) + pro(pyl) + (car)bamate.
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