baclofen

noun
bac·​lo·​fen | \ ˈbak-lō-ˌfen How to pronounce baclofen (audio) \

Definition of baclofen

: a gamma-aminobutyric acid analog C10H12ClNO2 used as a relaxant of skeletal muscle especially in treating spasticity (as in multiple sclerosis)

Examples of baclofen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At issue is a drug called baclofen, a decades-old treatment for muscle spasms that is increasingly used in France on an off-label basis to help people control their drinking. Ed Silverman, STAT, 25 June 2020 Oral meds, such as baclofen, cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and benzodiazepines like diazepam, are often required for generalized dystonia to reduce muscle spasm. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 9 Dec. 2019 Doctors hand out more than 8 million prescriptions of baclofen every year. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2019 Garg and other doctors had started noticing that kidney patients on baclofen sometimes became disoriented and dazed. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2019 The researchers pulled health data on nearly 16,000 older Ontario residents with chronic kidney disease who had been prescribed baclofen between 2007 and 2018. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of baclofen

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baclofen

perhaps from beta + chloro- + -fen, altered from phenyl, parts of the compound's systematic name

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baclofen

noun
bac·​lo·​fen | \ ˈbak-lō-ˌfen How to pronounce baclofen (audio) \

Medical Definition of baclofen

: a gamma-aminobutyric acid analog C10H12ClNO2 used as a relaxant of skeletal muscle especially in treating spasticity (as in multiple sclerosis)

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