Meaning of benzodiazepine

ben•zo•di•az•e•pine

Pronunciation: (ben"zō-dī-az'u-pēn", -ā'zu-), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. any of a family of minor tranquilizers that act against anxiety and convulsions and produce sedation and muscle relaxation.
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