[ok-see-muh-taz-uh-leen, -met-uh-zoh-]

noun Pharmacology.

a sympathomimetic drug, C16H24N2O, used as a topical, long-lasting nasal decongestant.

Nearby words

  1. oxyhaemoglobin,
  2. oxyheme,
  3. oxyhemochromogen,
  4. oxyhemoglobin,
  5. oxyhydrogen,
  6. oxymoron,
  7. oxymorphone,
  8. oxymyoglobin,
  9. oxyneurine,
  10. oxyntic

Origin of oxymetazoline

by rearrangement of parts of one of its chemical names

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Medicine definitions for oxymetazoline


[ŏk′sē-mĭ-tăzə-lēn′, -mĕtə-zō-]


A vasoconstricting drug that is used topically in the form of its hydrochloride to reduce nasal congestion.

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