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succinylcholine

Definitions

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

  • n. A crystalline compound, C14H30N2O4, formed by esterification of succinic acid with choline and used medically to produce brief but complete muscular relaxation.

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  • n. Suxamethonium.

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  • n. a muscle relaxant for striated muscle that is used as an adjunct to anesthesia during certain surgical procedures

Etymologies

succin(ic acid) + -yl + choline.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Forensic tests indicate he was first injected in the thigh with a fast-acting muscle relaxant called succinylcholine, which is said to be hard to detect.

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  • The drug found in al-Mabhouh's bloodstream is known as succinylcholine and is frequently used by doctors to administer a breathing tube or anesthesia.

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  • 1967: Researchers paralyze 64 prison inmates in California with a neuromuscular compound called succinylcholine, which produces suppressed breathing that feels similar to drowning.

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  • Nonpolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents such as succinylcholine can cause fasiculations, which are vaguely convulsive, but that is why polarizing agents such as rocuronium are used to suppress fasiculations, which can interfere with tracheal intubation (i.e., inserting a breathing tube).

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  • The pharmacists' survey showed the biggest shortage in 2010 involved the drug succinylcholine, used in procedures to insert a tube into patients' airways to help them breathe.

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  • Separately, Dubai police said Sunday that forensic results showed the drug succinylcholine in Mr. Mabhouh's bloodstream at the time of his death, suggesting he had been incapacitated by the muscle relaxant before being suffocated.

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  • Then a Dubai forensic lab retesting his body fluids discovered traces of succinylcholine.

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  • When I'm done, I load them up with succinylcholine, another paralytic, and stash them in an empty storeroom.

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  • He had allegedly used succinylcholine to render her powerless.

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  • In the history of crime—distant and current—there are several infamous murder cases involving succinylcholine, all of which were carried out by medical professionals.

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  • "Toxicology tests showed that he had been dosed with succinylcholine, a paralyzing agent."
    —Michael Isikoff, "Murder in Dubai," Newsweek, March 15, 2010

    March 17, 2010