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Any of a number of central nervous system depressant drugs that are used mainly for their calming and sleep-inducing effects, among the most commonly prescribed being the barbiturates, certain of the benzodiazepines, the propanediols, chloral hydrate, GHB, glutethimide, paraldehyde, and temazepam. See also sedative-, hypnotic-, or anxiolytic-related disorders.

Subjects: Psychology.

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