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