benzodiazepine /ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈeɪzɪpiːn, ˌbɛnzəʊdʌɪˈazɪpiːn/

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[Medicine] any of a class of heterocyclic organic compounds used as tranquillizers, such as Librium and Valium.
– origin 1930s: from benzene + di-1 + azo- + epi- + -ine4.

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