ter·​bu·​ta·​line tər-ˈbyü-tə-ˌlēn How to pronounce terbutaline (audio)
: a bronchodilator C12H19NO3 used especially in the form of its sulfate

Examples of terbutaline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit against Novartis claims studies going as far back as the 1970s raised concerns about using terbutaline on pregnant women. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2017 Last year, Lannett more than tripled the price of terbutaline, a treatment for asthma and emphysema, propelling it to $435 for 100 tablets of 2.5 milligrams each, up from $136 for the bottle. Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2017

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Word History


tert- tertiary + -butaline, perhaps by shortening & alteration from butyl + amino + -ine entry 2

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of terbutaline was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Terbutaline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terbutaline. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


ter·​bu·​ta·​line tər-ˈbyüt-ə-ˌlēn How to pronounce terbutaline (audio)
: a bronchodilator used especially in the form of its sulfate (C12H19NO3)2·H2SO4
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