Definition of novocaine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnōvəˌkān/
(also trademark Novocain)


Another term for procaine.
Example sentences
  • In 1905, cocaine was replaced by the synthetic drug novocaine This in turn was replaced by lignocaine, which is in use today.
  • Before beginning the procedure, you will inhale an aerosol spray of a medicine like Novocain, which numbs the nose and throat area and helps to prevent coughing and gagging during the procedure.
  • As well as the usual Novocain and gas, she also offers a relaxing aromatherapy service and specially designed Eye Trek glasses which allow you to watch your favourite DVD while she tinkers about with your teeth.


Early 20th century: from Latin novus 'new' + -caine (from cocaine).

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Syllabification: no·vo·caine

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