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

Definition of benzocaine

: a white crystalline ester C9H11NO2 used as a local anesthetic

Examples of benzocaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avoid applying benzocaine, which can irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Julie Washington, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Libby warns not to use lidocaine or benzocaine sprays. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 June 2020 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, 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, 19 Sep. 2019 The case spurred Warren to keep an eye for products containing benzocaine. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2019 Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2019 Teething products with benzocaine include Baby Orajel. Washington Post, 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, 23 May 2018 See More

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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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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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