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barbiturate

noun [C] uk   /bɑːˈbɪt.jʊ.rət/ us    /bɑːr-/
a strong drug that makes people calm or helps them to sleep: He died from an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates.
Translations of “barbiturate”
in Chinese (Traditional) 巴必妥酸鹽(一種鎮靜劑、安眠藥, 俗稱紅中)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 巴比妥酸盐(一种镇静剂、安眠药)…
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