epinephrine

noun
epi·​neph·​rine | \ ˌe-pə-ˈne-frən How to pronounce epinephrine (audio) \
variants: or less commonly epinephrin

Definition of epinephrine

: a crystalline sympathomimetic hormone C9H13NO3 that is the principal blood-pressure raising hormone secreted by the medulla of the adrenal glands, is prepared from adrenal extracts or made synthetically, and is used medicinally especially to stimulate the heart during cardiac arrest and to treat life-threatening allergic reactions

called also adrenaline

Examples of epinephrine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, two health care workers experienced anaphylactic reactions after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, and had to use auto-injectors to inject themselves with epinephrine (known popularly in the U.S. by the brand name EpiPen). Chronicle Advice Team, SFChronicle.com, "Allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine: Should I be concerned?," 23 Dec. 2020 Anaphylaxis can be quickly reversed with epinephrine and other medicines. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, "US health authorities launch study on rare allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccine," 21 Dec. 2020 Any facility qualified to administer vaccines is equipped with emergency epinephrine (known to many as an EpiPen) in the event of severe reactions. NBC News, "Alaska health care worker had severe allergic reaction to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine," 16 Dec. 2020 Otani said epinephrine is the only medication that can reverse severe allergic reaction symptoms. Chronicle Advice Team, SFChronicle.com, "Allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine: Should I be concerned?," 23 Dec. 2020 In the first round of shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, a limited number of recipients have had severe allergic reactions, requiring treatment with epinephrine. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "10 of the most common concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines," 19 Dec. 2020 She was taken to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital emergency department and treated with epinephrine before being discharged six hours later. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "3rd Alaska health care worker experiences adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccine," 18 Dec. 2020 Everyone else should be watched for 15 minutes -- and immunization providers should have medical supplies, such as epinephrine that can counteract allergic reactions, on hand. oregonlive, "COVID-19 vaccines are in Oregon and more are on the way. What you need to know: Q&A," 18 Dec. 2020 Treviño grabbed three syringes of epinephrine and emptied them into the man’s IV to jump-start his heart. Los Angeles Times, "For a nurse in the COVID unit, death is part of the day," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of epinephrine

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epinephrine

International Scientific Vocabulary epi- + Greek nephros kidney — more at nephritis

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The first known use of epinephrine was in 1899

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7 Jan 2021

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“Epinephrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epinephrine. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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epinephrine

noun
ep·​i·​neph·​rine | \ ˌe-pə-ˈne-frən How to pronounce epinephrine (audio) \

Kids Definition of epinephrine

: a hormone that causes blood vessels to narrow and the blood pressure to increase

epinephrine

noun
epi·​neph·​rine
variants: also epinephrin \ ˌep-​ə-​ˈnef-​rən How to pronounce epinephrine (audio) \

Medical Definition of epinephrine

: a colorless crystalline sympathomimetic hormone C9H13NO3 that is the principal blood-pressure-raising hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla, is prepared from adrenal extracts or made synthetically, and is used medicinally especially to stimulate the heart during cardiac arrest and to treat life-threatening allergic reactions

called also adrenaline

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