lidocaine

noun
li·​do·​caine | \ˈlī-də-ˌkān \

Definition of lidocaine 

: a crystalline compound C14H22N2O that is used in the form of its hydrochloride as a local anesthetic and as an antiarrhythmic agent

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As part of the procedure, she was given a 10-milligram shot of the local anesthetic lidocaine to numb the injection site, the same stuff your dentist uses before giving you what-for. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "50,000% markup for a shot makes the case for a single-payer healthcare system," 15 June 2018 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 But now, even those local anesthetics — lidocaine, ropivacaine and bupivacaine — are in short supply due to manufacturing problems and back orders, according to doctors and federal regulators. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 Doctors, determined to spare their patients pain, consequently have turned to second-choice pain drugs and increased their use of local anesthetics such as lidocaine. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Safety Violations Compound Pain Of Painkiller Shortages," 16 Apr. 2018 Once there, a doctor poured lidocaine in her ear and the insect died. Tamara Lush, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida woman has live cockroach removed from her ear: 'I need therapy'," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of lidocaine

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lidocaine

acetanilid + -o- + -caine

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lidocaine

noun
li·​do·​caine | \ˈlīd-ə-ˌkān \

Medical Definition of lidocaine 

: a crystalline compound C14H22N2O used as a local anesthetic often in the form of its hydrochloride C14H22N2O·HCl

called also lignocaine

— see xylocaine

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