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[fee-nuh-keyn, fen-uh-]
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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a compound, C18H22N2O2, usually used in the form of its hydrochloride as a local anesthetic for the eye.
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Origin of phenacaine

First recorded in 1905–10; phen- + a(cet-) + (co)caine
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British Dictionary definitions for phenacaine


  1. a crystalline basic compound that is the hydrochloride of holocaine: used as a local anaesthetic in ophthalmic medicine. Formula: C 18 H 22 N 2 O 2 HCl
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Word Origin

C20: from pheno- + aceto- + cocaine
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phenacaine in Medicine


(fēnə-kān′, fĕnə-)
  1. A white crystalline compound used in the form of its hydrochloride as a local anesthetic in ophthalmology.
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