Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white crystalline powder, C13H20N2O2, used chiefly in its hydrochloride form as a local anesthetic in medicine and dentistry.

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  • n. A drug used as a local anaesthetic.

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  • n. a white crystalline powder (trade name Ethocaine) administered near nerves as a local anesthetic in dentistry and medicine

Etymologies

pro-2 + (co)caine, (because it is the precursor of cocaine).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Novocain is a trade name for procaine, which is the anesthetic, but it's usually administered with adrenaline, which is the trade name for epinephrine.

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  • And his back pain was so severe that they often had to inject procaine, which is a form of novocaine, into trigger points in his back.

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  • - Procaine penicillin is replaced in some countries by a mixture of procaine penicillin and penicillin G (3 + 1 M IU), often called procaine penicillin forte (PPF) which has the advantage of the immediate action of penicillin G, followed by the delayed action of procaine penicillin.

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  • More recently, Bob Weir has sometimes taken to singing "procaine" instead of "cocaine"

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  • If you have ever had any kind of history of allergy to local anesthetics such as procaine, butacaine, benzocaine, or other anesthetics similar, then you should contact your doctor before trying this, or safer, just do not use it at all.

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  • Allergy alert do not use this product if you have a history of allergy to local anesthetics such as procaine, butacaine, benzocaine, other "caine" * anesthetics.

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  • There is an allergy alert on the back of the box that warns not to use the product if you have a history of allergy to a local anesthetics such as procaine, butacaine, benzocaine, or other "caine" anesthetics.

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  • Your doctor may inject local anesthetics such as procaine (Novocain) directly into a wound or surgical cut, using a very small needle.

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  • From his personal doctor he received two or three daily injections of procaine, a stronger version of Novocain, and several other drugs.

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  • My nostrils were pulsing the way they used to when my chemistry major friends in college would steal procaine, a close relative of cocaine, from their labs and we'd have a house party in our noses.

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