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Soporifics are medicines which induce sleep, such as hops, &c.

Nutmeg and Hops have proved Soporifics when given in large doses.

The word is often applied in a general sense to anodynes and soporifics.

She demands of her partner that he should give her stimulants, and he gives her soporifics.

The ansthetics and soporifics of the last two days were having their usual aftermath.

I refused to increase the dose of chloral, and endeavoured to substitute other soporifics.

Having some difficulty with getting to sleep, he resorted to soporifics and then, in a savage reaction, to stimulants.

Soporifics extinguish for awhile both volition and the senses, but may leave the mind alone.

Another class of synthetics equally useful and likewise abused, are the soporifics, such as "sulphonal," "veronal" and "medinal."

A quickened conscience is not the best of soporifics, and Revere was a long time in getting to sleep.