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barbiturate

noun [C]     /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.Specific types of drugDrugs - general wordsSpecific medicines and drugs
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