ben·​zo·​caine | \ ˈben-zə-ˌkān How to pronounce benzocaine (audio) \

Definition of benzocaine

: a white crystalline ester C9H11NO2 used as a local anesthetic

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Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the Food and Drug Administration warned that over-the-counter drugs containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants or kids younger than two years old for this very reason. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Blueish woman with chocolaty blood highlights rare risk of common anesthetic," 23 Sep. 2019 Numbing medication caused her reaction In his patient’s case, her reaction was caused by benzocaine, an active ingredient found in over-the-counter toothache and cold sore medicine. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A woman used a numbing agent to treat a toothache. The next day her blood turned blue," 19 Sep. 2019 The case spurred Warren to keep an eye for products containing benzocaine. NBC News, "A common numbing medication turned a woman's blood blue," 18 Sep. 2019 Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "When Do Babies Start Teething? The Facts Every Parent Should Know," 9 Aug. 2019 Teething products with benzocaine include Baby Orajel. Washington Post, "FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves," 23 May 2018 Common over-the-counter products containing the numbing agent benzocaine can pose serious health risks to infants, with little to no benefits. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Don't Use Baby Teething Medicine With Benzocaine, the FDA Warns," 23 May 2018 Parents have always been overwhelmed by babies crying from teething and have used some truly awful, dangerous methods to stop the pain such as drinking alcohol, paregoric (a strong opioid), and now benzocaine., "Why it's time to abandon teething medications," 7 June 2018 Products for adults can still contain benzocaine, but the FDA also wants companies to add additional warnings for those products going forward. Abigail Abrams, Time, "FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of benzocaine

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzocaine

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -caine

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The first known use of benzocaine was in 1907

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21 Nov 2019

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“Benzocaine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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ben·​zo·​caine | \ ˈben-zə-ˌkān How to pronounce benzocaine (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzocaine

: a white crystalline ester C9H11NO2 used as a local anesthetic

called also ethyl aminobenzoate

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