tetracaine

noun
tet·​ra·​caine | \ ˈte-trə-ˌkān How to pronounce tetracaine (audio) \

Definition of tetracaine

: a crystalline basic ester C15H24N2O2 that is closely related chemically to procaine and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride as a local anesthetic

First Known Use of tetracaine

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetracaine

tetra- + -caine

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The first known use of tetracaine was circa 1935

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“Tetracaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetracaine. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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tetracaine

noun
tet·​ra·​caine | \ ˈte-trə-ˌkān How to pronounce tetracaine (audio) \

Medical Definition of tetracaine

: a crystalline basic ester that is closely related chemically to procaine and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C15H24N2O2·HCl as a local anesthetic

called also amethocaine, pantocaine

— see pontocaine

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