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Pharmacology, Trademark.
  1. a brand of procaine.
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also novocaine, 1905, originally a trademark name for procaine (by Lucius & Brüning, Hoechst am Main, Germany), from comb. form of Latin novus "new" (see new) + -caine, abstracted from cocaine. As a local anaesthetic, it began as a substitute for cocaine.

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novocain in Medicine


  1. A trademark for the drug procaine hydrochloride.
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novocain in Culture



A substance used as a local anesthetic in medicine and dentistry. Novocain is a trademark.

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