tetracaine

[ te-truh-keyn ]
/ ˈtɛ trəˌkeɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a white, water-soluble, crystalline solid, C15H24N2O2, used chiefly as an anesthetic.

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Origin of tetracaine

First recorded in 1930–35; tetra- + (pro)caine
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